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The case for measuring and reporting bilingualism in developmental research

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The case for measuring and reporting bilingualism in developmental research

Byers-Heinlein, Krista ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7040-2510, Esposito, Elena G., Winsler, Adam, Marian, Viorica, Castro, Dina C. and Luk, Gigi (2019) The case for measuring and reporting bilingualism in developmental research. Collabra: Psychology, 5 (1). p. 37.

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.233

Abstract

Many children around the world grow up bilingual, learning and using two or more languages in everyday life. Currently, however, children’s language backgrounds are not always reported in developmental studies. There is mounting evidence that bilingualism interacts with a wide array of processes including language, cognitive, perceptual, brain, and social development, as well as educational outcomes. As such, bilingualism may be a hidden moderator that obscures developmental patterns, and limits the replicability of developmental research and the efficacy of psychological and educational interventions. Here, we argue that bilingualism and language experience in general should be routinely documented in all studies of infant and child development regardless of the research questions pursued, and provide suggestions for measuring and reporting children’s language exposure, proficiency, and use.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Byers-Heinlein, Krista and Esposito, Elena G. and Winsler, Adam and Marian, Viorica and Castro, Dina C. and Luk, Gigi
Journal or Publication:Collabra: Psychology
Date:2019
Funders:
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada under award numbers 402470-2011 and 2018-04390 to KBH
  • Institute of Education Science under award number R305A150492 to AE
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number 2R01 HD059858 to VM,
  • Concordia University Research Chairs Program
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1525/collabra.233
ID Code:986100
Deposited By: KRISTA BYERS HEINLEIN
Deposited On:13 Nov 2019 22:19
Last Modified:13 Nov 2019 22:19
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