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A meta-analysis on the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain
2015In Review of Educational Research, 85 (1), p. 92-128
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Keywords :
meta-analysis; bilingual-education; Europe
Abstract :
[en] The effectiveness of bilingual programs for promoting academic achievement of language-minority in the United States has been examined in six meta-analyses. The present meta-analytic study investigates this topic for the first time in the European context. Thorough literature searches uncovered 101 European studies, with only seven meeting the inclusion criteria. Two studies were excluded from further analyses. Results from the random-effects model of the five remaining studies indicate a small positive effect (g = 0.23; 95% CI [0.10, 0.36]) for bilingual over submersion programs on reading of language-minority children. Thus, this meta-analysis supports bilingual education—that is, including the home language of language-minority children—in school instruction. However, the generalizability of the results is limited by the small number of studies on this topic. More published studies on bilingual education in Europe are needed as well as closer attention to the size of the effects.
Disciplines :
Education & instruction
Author, co-author :
Aleksic, Gabrijela  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Ferring, Dieter ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Martin, Romain ;  University of Luxembourg > Rectorate > Academic Affairs
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
A meta-analysis on the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Publication date :
2015
Journal title :
Review of Educational Research
ISSN :
0034-6543
Publisher :
SAGE Publications, United States
Volume :
85
Issue :
1
Pages :
92-128
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
Name of the research project :
PhD
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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