This entry first discusses the contexts of research on bilingual education, the development of bilingual education in the United States, and early research on bilingual education. It then looks at various types of research on bilingual education and research findings on the impact and effectiveness of bilingual education. Finally, the entry describes shifts in how bilingual education is conceptualized and in the ways it is researched.
Research on bilingual education, like bilingual education itself, is shaped by sociopolitical contexts, language ideologies, and communities in action. Diverse paradigms and perspectives found in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods forms are used in research on bilingual education, which is any school setting where students’ [Page 196]instruction and assessment takes place in more than one language. Research on bilingual education may ...
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