Incorporating data from an ethnographic case study of a bilingual (Spanish/English) Head Start program serving the children of Dominican and Mexican immigrants, Axelrod explores the tensions in parents’, teachers’, and administrators’ beliefs about language use and the role of play.

Author Biography

Ysaaca Axelrod is an assistant professor in the department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a former kindergarten teacher. Her research interests are in Early Childhood language and literacy development, in particular focusing on emergent bilingual and multilingual children and the intersections between language and identity development in young Latinos.



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