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Title: Establishment of Identity through Communities of Practice

Time: 3:15 pm

Room: Commons Regents

Name: Kathryn Pawelko

Institution: University of Idaho

Co-presenters (if any):

Type: Paper or Report (45 min)

Summary: Qualitative study of 15 multilingual students to identify how specific communities of practice influence the development of academic and linguistic identities within a northwestern university in the U.S. Study findings suggest that intra-group differences related to Mexicano and Chicano identity are mitigated by Spanglish.

Biography: Kathryn Pawelko is a 2nd year M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction graduate student at the University of Idaho. She previously received her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UI in Spring 2019. Kathryn currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; however, she looks forward to addressing the needs of migrant and linguistically diverse populations in secondary education settings following her graduation in December 2020.

Topics addressed: Changing Demographics

Intended audience: Higher Ed. Intensive English,Adult Refugee/Immigrant Programs,K-12 Settings,Teacher Educators,Administrators,Developers of Materials/Curriculum,Bilingual Programs

Thematic track: Changing Demographics


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