Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.
Chapter 22: Dual Language Learners
Dual Language Learners
Millions of children around the globe are acquiring more than one language in the home and in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings (McCabe et al., 2013). The growing body of evidence indicates that young children around the world can attain proficiency in more than one language at an early age (Baker, 2000; Barac and Bialystok, 2012; Genesee, 2010) and that instructional arrangements targeting these children specifically can produce positive developmental and learning outcomes (Calderón, 2010; California Department of Education, 2010; Castro et al., 2011; Chan, 2004; David and Wei, 2008; Fairbairn and Jones-Vo, 2010; Guofang et al., 2010; Oller and Eilers, 2002; Wright, 2010). Yet, the processes by which development and learning occur for young ...