Date of Award

5-20-2014

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of Psychology: School Psychology

First Advisor

Adena B. Meyers

Abstract

This thesis reports the findings of a qualitative study that examined how Latino emergent bilingual students anticipate and experience the transition from a bilingual elementary school program to middle school. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who were native Spanish-speakers participated in focus group discussions. Overall, participants described positive transition experiences, and much of the content was not unique to these students (e.g., feeling nervous, looking forward to more activities). Other content, though, revealed transition experiences that may be unique to this population (e.g., dramatic shift in ethnic and linguistic backgrounds of peers). Participants' responses suggested that they experience a cultural dilemma during the middle school transition. As their English fluency increased due to English-only instruction, they experienced an upsetting loss of their Spanish language. Implications for research and future practice in this area are discussed.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Pecho_ilstu_0092N_10283.pdf

Page Count

103