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  • ISBN:9781107450486
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):Teaching Practice and Professional Development
  • Author(s):Peeter Mehisto, Fred Genesee
  • Available from: March 2015

A collaborative series with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, drawing practical insights from international research. The Cambridge Education Research series publishes in three strands. The Teacher Education strand provides a re-examination of aspects of national and international teacher education systems or analysis of contextual examples of innovative practice. The International Education Reform strand examines the global and country-specific moves to reform education and teacher development. Books in the Language Education strand address the multilingual context of education in different national and international settings.


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    Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights helps readers anticipate the complex, often unanticipated, consequences of adopting a bi-/trilingual education system.Building Bilingual Education Systems details the investments required for establishing successful bi-/trilingual education programmes and discusses administrative, community legislative, political, societal and institutional complexities that shape bi-/trilingual education.Building Bilingual Education Systems will help readers anticipate potential consequences of various programme development decisions and prepare them for both expected and unexpected outcomes.The complexities of bi-/trilingual education are organised using an innovative conceptual framework of forces, mechanisms and counterweights. This conceptual framework is used to analyse thirteen case studies from five continents. In addition, six ‘voices-from-the-field’ provide the first-hand accounts of educational professionals working in bilingual programmes.

  • Contents
    • Contains a thirteen in-depth case studies spanning across five continents.

    • Is an original and powerful tool for innovation and programme development.

    • Rich in practical detail essential to programme development.

    • Including tools such as strategic plans and advice from practitioners

    • Part 1. Looking at the big picture: 1. United States of America - the paradoxes and possibilities of bilingual education
    • 2. Europe - supra-national interventions promoting bilingual education
    • 3. Canada - factors that shaped the creation and development of immersion education
    • 4. Estonia - laying the groundwork for bilingual education
    • 5. Utah - making immersion mainstream
    • 6. Basque Country - plurilingual education
    • 7. Kazakhstan - from twenty trilingual schools to thousands?
    • Voices from the field - England
    • Voices from the field - Canada
    • Voices from the field - Spain
    • Part 2. Looking at the long-term
    • 8. Cymru/Wales - towards a national strategy
    • 9. The Netherlands - quality control as a driving force in bilingual education
    • Voices from the field - Aotearoa/New Zealand
    • Voices from the field - Cymru/Wales
    • Part 3. Understanding the Role of Context
    • 10. United Arab Emirates - searching for an elusive balance in bilingual education
    • 11 Malta - bilingual education for self-preservation and global fitness
    • 12. Colombia - challenges and constraints
    • 13. South Africa - three periods of bilingual or multilingual education
    • Voices from the field - Brunei
    • Conclusion Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights
    • Appendix: tools introduction
    • Tool 1. National or regional-level planning considerations for bi-/trilingual education
    • Tool 2. A bilingual education continuum.

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