Investigating Attitudes towards Bilingualism Research Proposal

Investigating Attitudes towards Bilingualism
A discussion of research strategies and their application in the field of attitude research, focusing on bilingualism in Malta as a pilot study.
# 147495 | 4,512 words | 26 sources | APA | 2010
Published on Apr 28, 2011 in Sociology (General) , Education (General)

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This paper looks at the issue of bilingual children, who are brought up speaking English at home and then are required to learn the language of the country they live in - in this case Malta. The writer describes the aims, methods and limitations of this small scale pilot study, designed to explore the attitudes of these children towards the idea of 'bilingualism'. After analyzing the resulting data, the writer gives recommendation for further research. The paper includes graphs, diagrams and an Appendix in the form of a letter of consent.

Introduction - The Research Question
Selecting a Research Design
The Questionnaire
The Variables
The Sample
The Interview
Feedback from Pilot Study
Data Analysis
Results - beyond Statistical Analysis

From the Paper:

''In Malta, the constitution specifies that Maltese and English are co-official languages, Maltese being our native language and English having been passed on to us by the British Colonial Powers (1880 - 1964). Borg A, Mifsud M, Schiriha L (1996) claimed that 90% of the population acquire Maltese as a first language and that in most cases both languages are used interchangeably by parents and children at home.
"However, although officially the Maltese language has been given more importance than the English language, in many social contexts English seems to be the dominant language (Camilleri 1996).''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alkin, M. C. ed. (1992) Encyclopedia of Educational Research. Macmillan Reference: New York.
  • Baker, C. (1992) Attitudes and Language Multilingual Matters Ltd: Clevedon.
  • Borg A, Mifsud M, Schiriha L: The position of Maltese in Malta. Meeting for Experts on Language Planning: Council of Europe. Malta, 1996.
  • Brause, R. S. and Mayher, J. S. eds. (1994) Search and Re-Search: What the inquiring teacher needs to know. Falmer Press: Bristol
  • Butterman-Bos, J.A. (2008) 'Will a Clinical Approach Make Education Research More Relevant for Practice?' Educational Researcher, 37, 412 - 420.

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