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Martínez-Álvarez P., López-Velásquez A., Kajamaa A. Preparing Educators for Inclusive Bilingual Education: A Boundary Crossing Laboratory Between Professional Groups. Кul’turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2021. Vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 125—134. DOI:

Preparing educators for inclusive bilingual education : a boundary crossing laboratory between professional groups

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Author: Duijts, Liesbeth1; López-Velásquez, Angela2; Kajamaa, Anu3
Organizations: 1Teachers College, Columbia University, New Jersey, USA
2Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut, USA
3University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-23


Teacher education programs prepare candidates for bilingual, English as a second language, or special education as separate professionals. This creates challenges when teaching bilingual children with disabilities. There is a need to cross boundaries combining expertise and preparing teachers for children’s uniqueness. Responding to this need, the researchers organized a change laboratory with 14 professors and two State Department of Education consultants. The study explored boundary expressions and their relationship to the larger activity. It also looked at the learning that took place during boundary crossing efforts. Boundaries were identified around bilingual teacher preparation, cross-disciplinary programmatic, and paradigmatic aspects. While boundary crossing at the intrapersonal level and at the interpersonal level were important, the need to engage multiple institutions was centered. In addition, the discussion manifested that for inclusive bilingual education teacher preparation, there was a need to go beyond the institutional level to reach to policy makers and address the sociopolitical resistance against bilingual education. Throughout the study, participants engaged primarily in the epistemic learning actions of analyzing and modeling. Through volitional actions, the participants realized a renewed object for their activity. This study widens the understanding of possibilities for taking shared educational responsibility through boundary crossing between professionals in preparation programs.

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Series: Cultural-historical psychology
ISSN: 1816-5435
ISSN-E: 2224-8935
ISSN-L: 1816-5435
Volume: 17
Issue: 3
Pages: 125 - 134
DOI: 10.17759/chp.2021170316
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The reported study was funded by a Faculty Development Grant at Southern Connecticut State University under the direction of Angela López-Velásquez and Michael Alfano, 2013.
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