Uncovering Parents' and Teachers' Ethnotheories in Preschool Children's Learning in Two Immigrant Communities.
Abstract: In the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of dual-language learning (DLL) preschool children. Guided by the literatures on home-school partnership and caregiver's ethnotheory, the present study explored DLL children's parents' and teachers' understanding of learning opportunities for their children. As part of the larger home-school partnership project, ... read moreReadiness through Integrative Science and Engineering (RISE), this study conducted Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis on 18 interviews with parents and teachers from two immigrant communities in Boston. Results confirmed with the existing literature that parents and teachers reflected upon their personal experiences in their arrangement of learning opportunities for their DLL children. Parents' sense of efficacy in using community resources, and teachers' individual interpretations of instructional guidelines were particular dimensions that informed their practices. Community-specific differences and future directions in including parents' and teachers' voices in home-school partnership research were also discussed.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2014.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Christine McWayne.
Committee: Jayanthi Mistry, and Mei-Hua Fu.
Keywords: Early childhood education, Individual & family studies, and English as a second language.read less
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