In most cases, parents whose native language is not predominant in the area they live in have no opportunity to choose the language for their children's instruction in schools. However, in some areas language minority families have options regarding the language of instruction (e.g., Finns in Sweden and Russians in Estonia). This article focuses on language choice from the viewpoint of these families. Typically, discussions of language of instruction have focuses on integrative issues, such as creating loyal citizens, or instrumental or practical issues, such as education or labor market opportunities (Mtes 2004). Choice, however, may have deeper cultural and emotional meanings for families, and such meanings may need to be considered by policy makers.
Original Publication Citation
Kemppainen, R., Ferrin, S.E., Hite, S.J., & Hilton, S.C. (28). Sociocultural aspects of Russian-speaking parents' choice of language of instruction for their children in Estonia. Comparative Education Review, 52(1), 93-119. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1.186/52443
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Kemppainen, Raija Pini; Ferrin, Scott Ellis; Hite, Steven J.; and Hilton, Sterling C., "Sociocultural Aspects of Russian-speaking Parents' Choice of Language of Instruction for their Children in Estonia" (2008). Faculty Publications. 209.
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David O. McKay School of Education
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