Latino Students' Transition to Middle School: Role of Bilingual Education and School Ethnic Context

Jan N. Hughes, Myunghee Im, Oi Man Kwok, Heining Cham, Stephen West

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Participants were 204 academically at-risk Latino students recruited into a study when in first grade and followed for 9 years. Using piecewise latent growth curve analyses, we investigated trajectories of teacher-rated behavioral engagement and student-reported school belonging during elementary school and middle school and the association between trajectories and enrollment in bilingual education classes in elementary school and a change in school ethnic congruence across the transition to middle school. Overall, students experienced a drop in school belonging and behavioral engagement across the transition. A moderating effect of ethnic congruence on bilingual enrollment was found. A decline in ethnic congruence was associated with more positive trajectories for students previously enrolled in bilingual classes but more negative trajectories for nonbilingual students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-458
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Latino Students' Transition to Middle School : Role of Bilingual Education and School Ethnic Context. / Hughes, Jan N.; Im, Myunghee; Kwok, Oi Man; Cham, Heining; West, Stephen.

In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 443-458.

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Hughes, Jan N. ; Im, Myunghee ; Kwok, Oi Man ; Cham, Heining ; West, Stephen. / Latino Students' Transition to Middle School : Role of Bilingual Education and School Ethnic Context. In: Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2015 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 443-458.
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