Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Navigating Internal and External Borderlands: The Experience of Emergent Bilingual Cape Verdean Middle School Students
by Jansen, Abigale E., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2019, 184; 13807312
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this grounded theory research study was to better understand the experiences of emergent bilingual Cape Verdean Middle School students as they navigate internal and external borderlands. This study was conducted in an urban middle school in New England. Nine female, emergent bilingual Cape Verdean middle school students participated in this study. This study was also completed with the assistance of the school district’s middle school language acquisition coach. The participants contributed to student surveys, focus group discussions, participant observations and member checking. All data was analyzed using coding and grounded theory, which lead to development of theoretical constructs.

This study documents some EB students’ experiences and feelings pertaining to language, as well as their cultural, social, and linguistic identities while they navigate different linguistic and social worlds. In addition, this study documents how ideologies of linguistic superiority in different worlds or spaces can affect EB students’ sense of identity and connections to others. The evidence provided in this study is useful to help teachers, administrators, and anyone else involved in education to better understand some realities and challenges many EB students face, as well as how facing these challenges and differences can affect student’s sense of self, linguistic, and cultural identities. This study concludes that it is necessary for schools to work from a to create linguistic democracies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: August, Gerri
Commitee: Hesson, Sarah, Pino, Kathy, Shim, Minsuk
School: University of Rhode Island
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Rhode Island
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, English as a Second Language, Education philosophy
Keywords: Borderlands, Cape Verdean, Emergent bilingual, Middle school, Multicultural education, Multilingual education
Publication Number: 13807312
ISBN: 978-1-392-06315-6
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