Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22290
Title: Parental Plurilingual Capital in a Monolingual Context: Investigating Strengths to Support Young Children in Early Childhood Settings
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret (author)orcid ; Ellis, Elizabeth M (author); Knox, Vicki (author)
Publication Date: 2017
Open Access: No
DOI: 10.1007/s10643-016-0826-6
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22290
Abstract: Parents who are plurilingual have a portfolio of assets they can use to support the language development of their children. This portfolio of assets is positioned as a strength that parents bring into their partnership with early childhood educators. However, not all parents who are plurilingual have the same assets in their language portfolios. Our study, using case studies of parents who have multiple languages and a desire to raise their children with more than one language, demonstrates that previous parental experiences with multiple languages, and intra-familial support for multiple languages combine to impact on parental language strengths and the expectations parents have of early childhood professionals. To build effective partnerships with parents, early childhood professionals need to understand the assets in parental language portfolios.Parents who are plurilingual have a portfolio of assets they can use to support the language development of their children. This portfolio of assets is positioned as a strength that parents bring into their partnership with early childhood educators. However, not all parents who are plurilingual have the same assets in their language portfolios. Our study, using case studies of parents who have multiple languages and a desire to raise their children with more than one language, demonstrates that previous parental experiences with multiple languages, and intra-familial support for multiple languages combine to impact on parental language strengths and the expectations parents have of early childhood professionals. To build effective partnerships with parents, early childhood professionals need to understand the assets in parental language portfolios.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP140100443
Source of Publication: Early Childhood Education Journal, 45(6), p. 777-787
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 1082-3301
1573-1707
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
160301 Family and Household Studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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