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Multilingualism as policy and practices in elementary school: Powerful tools for inclusion of newly arrived pupils
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Swedish as Second Language. (Utbildning och lärande)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2992-0818
Borlänge kommun.
(English)In: International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, ISSN 1307-9298Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

The aim with this article is to analyse language policy in relation to multilingual practices in primary school through an understanding of the policy on different levels – as management, perception and practice. The article is based on longitudinal ethnographic action research that was conducted parallel to local school development. Here we draw on material from observations, interviews and notes written by participating teachers when arguing that engaging with policy processes may constitute a powerful tool for school development.  Development of language policies that include students’ diverse linguistic backgrounds, in this case multilingual educational practices, here supported students in their language development in the bridge between L2-support and work in the mainstream classroom. The conclusion is that the promotion of language policies that oppose hierarchies of power is crucial in terms of social change as it promotes social equity and fosters change. Involvement in terms of policy processes may shift the boundaries for what is possible in education and may thus constitute a powerful tool in school development.

Keyword [en]
Multilingualism, language policy, practices, identity texts, policy levels
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Pedagogical Work
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Education and Learning, Flerspråkighet i undervisningen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24988DiVA: diva2:1095874
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Flerspråkiga resurser i undervisningen
Available from: 2017-05-16 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-16Bibliographically approved

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