Educator language ideologies and a top-down dual language program

Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan, Deborah Palmer, Kathryn Lynn Henderson

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Dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs are framed to reflect pluralist discourses (de Jong, E. [2013]. “Policy Discourses and U.S. Language in Education Policies.” Peabody Journal of Education 88 (1): 98–111) and affiliated language ideologies. The continued expansion of DLBE programs not surprisingly brings to light the diverse and ever-changing landscape of educator language ideologies. This survey-based study used inferential statistics and qualitative thematic analysis to explore the language ideologies of a random sample of administrators and teachers involved in a district-wide, top-down implementation of a DLBE program in a large urban school district. The following three research questions guided our investigation: (1)What are prevalent educator language ideologies in DLBE schools? (2) How and to what extent do these language ideologies vary by: participation in the DLBE, level of teaching experience, educator's home language, and degree of DLBE training? (3) How do educators perceive the attempted program shift to DLBE? Eight language ideologies including languages other than English (OTE) as endowments and multiple languages as a problem accounted for 46% of the variance in the data. All four experiential variables differentiated ideological orientation. Educators reported that ideological tensions and lack of support influenced their implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-721
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 19 2017


  • Language ideologies
  • bilingual education
  • dual language
  • implementation
  • language policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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