ERIC Number: EJ1033328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
(Re)Categorizing Language-Minority Literacies in Restrictive Educational Contexts
Johnson, Eric J.
International Multilingual Research Journal, v8 n3 p167-188 2014
In this discussion, I explore the unfolding effects of Arizona's anti-bilingual education law (Proposition 203) on schools with predominant language-minority student populations. Instead of facilitating academic progress, policies like Proposition 203 impede teachers from "scaffolding" (Long & Adamson, 2012, p. 39) their students' native-language abilities in the process of developing academic literacy proficiencies in English--ultimately resulting in significant academic challenges for language-minority students. Based on this premise, I describe the everyday literacy practices of immigrant and language-minority students as a way to demonstrate that the students' academic difficulties do not represent their true competencies. My aim is to emphasize the breadth of student literacy practices that occur both at school and in the community in hopes of initiating a dialogue on how to expand on these practices to enhance classroom instruction. To do this, I propose a model for efficiently identifying literacy practices as a way to help educators bridge their students' everyday experiences to school contexts.
Descriptors: Language Minorities, State Legislation, Minority Group Students, Bilingual Education, English Only Movement, Language of Instruction, Immigrants, Literacy, Educational Policy, Immersion Programs, Ethnography, Structured Interviews, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Hispanic American Students, Bilingual Students, Student Journals, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona