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Integrating flexible language support within online science learning environments
Research on Technology Use in Multicultural Settings (2014)
  • Douglas Clark, Vanderbilt University
  • Brian Nelson, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
  • Robert K. Atkinson, Arizona State University
  • Frank Ramirez-Marin, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
Students learn best when instruction builds upon the resources and knowledge that they bring to the classroom. We have developed multilingual scaffolding for English language learners within an online science project. The scaffolding allows students to freely switch the “paragraph” and “support” languages in terms of both written
and spoken text. Students can therefore harness their proficiencies with written and spoken English and Spanish as they switch back and forth to make sense of the science concepts and the critical academic English. This chapter presents preliminary analysis of student usage of these supports.
Publication Date
Fall October 1, 2014
Tirupalavanam Ganesh, Arizona State University Anna W. Boriack, Texas A&M University Jacqueline R. Stillisano, Texas A&M University Trina J. Davis, Texas A&M University Hersch C. Waxman, Texas A&M University
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Citation Information
Clark, D. B., Nelson, B., Atkinson, R., Ramirez, F., & Medina-Jerez, W. (2014). Integrating flexible language supports within online science learning Environments. In R. Bloymeyer, T. Ganesh, & H. Waxman (Eds.) Research on Technology Use in Multicultural Settings. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publications.