Perceptions and beliefs about past, present, and future bilingual educational programs were gathered from key members of a bilingual community, including teachers, parents, and educational administrators. Participants’ responses were analyzed and three overarching themes emerged. Current perceptions of bilingual education programs are strongly influenced by: (a) sociohistorical and political factors, (b) the effectiveness of instructional techniques; and (c) beliefs about bilingualism in general. Implications of these results are described with a focus on how they can inform policies and practices for bilingual learners.
Weimer, A. A., Kuri, D., Correa, L. A., Esquierdo, J., & Guajardo, F. J. (2015). Desiring Dual Language Bilingual Education: One Community’s Perspectives on Past and Future Directions for Bilingual Learners. Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction, 17(1), 1-11.
Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction