Teacher Reports of Preschool Children's Communication in a Bilingual Setting

Authors

  • Janet L. Patterson University of New Mexico

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jircd.v3i1.71

Keywords:

bilingual, collaboration, preschool, teacher reports, speech-language, language pathology

Abstract

Understanding teacher perspectives on communication can contribute to a more comprehensive characterization of children’s communication skills and can prepare SLPs for effective collaboration with teachers. In this study, teacher perspectives on young children’s communication were examined. Teachers of preschool children in a Head Start program serving a bilingual population described children’s language and communication in ethnographic interviews. The participants were two Latina teachers and the interviews focused on five Latino 4-year-old children with varied experience with Spanish and English. The major themes in the teacher interviews were the children’s personal characteristics and their participation in preschool activities. A third theme, bilingual and second language matters, was discussed by the teachers within the participation and personal characteristics framework. Implications of these themes for collaboration within a multidimensional framework are discussed.

Author Biography

Janet L. Patterson, University of New Mexico

Janet L. Patterson, PhD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She is also affiliated with the Department of Linguistics and the Educational Linguistics program in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at UNM. Her previous publications include research on bilingual assessment, bilingual vocabulary development in young children, and bilingual parent report tools.

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Published

2012-04-03

How to Cite

Patterson, J. L. (2012). Teacher Reports of Preschool Children’s Communication in a Bilingual Setting. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 3(1), 71–90. https://doi.org/10.1558/jircd.v3i1.71

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