Multilingual educational language policies in Switzerland and Sweden : A meta-analysis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Multilingual educational language policies in Switzerland and Sweden : A meta-analysis
Author Lundberg, Adrian
Date 2018
English abstract
Multilingualism represents a global challenge and a goal of education in European states. This meta-analysis examines how research studies on mul- tilingual educational policy documents on a macro-level (national/regional) in Sweden and Switzerland differ in terms of foci and how the discourses in the articles represent different treatments of multilingual educational lan- guage policies. These countries were selected because of their similarities regarding the societal context, but they are different in regard to language policy issues and political formation. The articles were systematically identi- fied via two databases, ERIC and LLBA, and in order to examine the latest developments after the introduction of a new language act in Sweden and the harmonization of public education in Switzerland in 2009, only research articles published between 2009 and 2016 were included. The results of the study suggest that a monolingual habitus exists in the Swedish nation state context compared to a more pluralistic approach in Switzerland. The most noteworthy result is the diverging definitions of multilingualism and plurilingual students and how this understanding influences the treatment of educational policies in these two linguistically and culturally superdiverse European countries.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/lplp.00005.lun (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.10... (external link to publication)
Publisher John Benjamins
Host/Issue Language Problems and Language Planning;1
Volume 42
ISSN 0272-2690
Language eng (iso)
Subject curriculum
educational language policy
Switzerland
Sweden
multilingualism
plurilingualism
language policy
European Union
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26009 Permalink to this page
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