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Teague, Brad Landon
- Capítulo 5. Discussion
and Conclusio-
A Comparative Study of Attitudes toward Literacy:
Parents, Students, and Teachers in a Mexican Elementary
School
-- Maestría en
Lingüística Aplicada. - Departamento de Lenguas. - Escuela de Artes y Humanidades, - Universidad de las
Américas Puebla.


Introducción



CHAPTER 5: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 5.1. Discussion of Research Questions In this section, the findings of the study are correlated with each of the three research questions presented in chapter one.
After a brief review of the questions and the researcher’s predictions as far as possible outcomes, results are discussed, including interpretations that attempt to provide logical explanations.
The findings are also related to the trends and developments outlined in the literature review in the first chapter. 5.1.1.
Research Question #1: What attitudes do teachers, students, and parents hold toward different types of literacy and their importance? In what ways are these attitudes similar and-or different? As pointed out in section 1.3.1, the reason for investigating this research question was to identify and understand the attitudes and ideologies held by teachers, students, and parents, namely with respect to reading and writing in a specific Mexican context.
Given that literacy practices are closely rela ted to the local values of a specific society and culture (Barton, 1999), it was claimed that the participants’ opinions and perspectives would play a significant role in the teaching-learning of reading and writing, both in the school as well as in the homes and community.
This part of the study was modeled methodologically on that conducted by Rosales-Kufrin (1989), which compared the attitudes of students, teachers, and parents on the issue of first- language maintenance in the context of bilingual schooling in the United States. It was predicted that the three groups interviewed as part of this project would express contrasting attitudes regarding types of literacy and their respective importance. Whereas the two teachers were predicted to express attitudes in favor of more academic 117 literacy, often limited to the school context, the six parents, and to a lesser degree, their children, were expected to be more supportive of local home and community...






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