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Developing multilingual practices in early childhood education through a professional development in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Mortini, Simone et al.
2020In International Multilingual Research Journal, 4, p. 319-337
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Keywords :
professional development; early childhood; multilingualism; translanguaging; attitudes
Abstract :
[en] This paper investigates seven early education practitioners’ attitudes towards multilingual activities and translanguaging as well as their actual practices in Luxembourg. They took part in a professional development comprising a course, coaching, and regular meetings to deepen their understanding of multilingualism and language learning, and enable them to implement activities in multiple languages. The findings, drawn from questionnaires, observations, and interviews, show that all practitioners opened up towards multilingual activities and translanguaging, increased activities in such languages, and translanguaged frequently. The practitioners analyzed their beliefs and practices, connected theory and practice, constructed new knowledge, developed positive attitudes and changed their practice. This study is the first one to investigate the attitudes and practices of professionals in formal and non-formal education settings as well as the effect of professional development in Luxembourg. It also addresses the research gap regarding professional development on multilingualism in early childhood.
Disciplines :
Education & instruction
Author, co-author :
Kirsch, Claudine  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Aleksic, Gabrijela  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Mortini, Simone ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Andersen, Katja Natalie  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Developing multilingual practices in early childhood education through a professional development in Luxembourg
Publication date :
March 2020
Journal title :
International Multilingual Research Journal
ISSN :
1931-3152
eISSN :
1931-3160
Publisher :
Routledge
Volume :
4
Pages :
319-337
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
FnR Project :
FNR9989225 - Developing Multilingual Pedagogies In Early Childhood Education, 2015 (01/05/2016-30/04/2019) - Claudine Kirsch
Funders :
MENJE
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