Faculty members from the VCC Centre for Instructional Development (CID) attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting and conference in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Paul Yeung from the Vancouver Community College School of Instructor Education presented a paper of his research at the AERA 2012 conference in the Social Context of Education: Multiple Languages and Literacies Division. His interesting article entitled “Engaging with Languages and Multiple Identities: Portraits of Young French Immersion Chinese Children in Canada” was presented at the round tables on the first day of the conference.
Paul’s article posits that globalization and recent immigration flows have dramatically changed the cultural, linguistic, and educational landscape of Greater Vancouver. Since 1997, the majority (72-74%) of immigrants have come from Asia, most frequently the People’s Republic of China. With this influx of Chinese immigrants, increasing numbers of Chinese children have entered French immersion programs in the region. Despite these increases in enrollment, little is known about the sociocultural, interpersonal, and individual spheres of influence from which language and literacy practices of Chinese children arise. This study provides a much-needed clarification of such children’s agency and cultural positioning in their literacy practices outside the school context. This inquiry investigates Hymes (1974) “ethnography of communication” to analyze “the use of language in contexts of situation” and “the communicative activities as a whole.” Paul’s inquiry is an important addition to the body of research in English as an Additional Language and Literacy studies. Paul Yeung’s research fits very well with AERA’s mission and conference theme described below. Congratulations on the research and the international recognition Paul.
AERA is an American national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Membership is composed of education administrators, professors, researchers and teachers and exceeds 15,000. Membership includes international members and delegates from Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America. The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
The AERA 2012 Annual Meeting Theme: “Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough” was very appropriate considering new policies that call for research to be applied or tied to innovation and educational improvements both here and in the US. The 2012 AERA President, Arnetha F. Ball and General Program Chair, Cynthia A. Tyson state that AERA needs to be more vigilant in promoting “the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.” The 2012 Annual Meeting included a host of innovative sessions and special events designed to engage AERA members and other participants in intense dialogue…to promote more effectively the use of research to improve education and, thereby, serve the public.
AERA has many scholarly resources that can be accessed freely at their website or through membership. It is worth exploring the AERA website at http://www.aera.net/ for articles, conference proceedings, journals and other resources that inform faculties in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that improve learning outcomes for all students.