Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Supporting preschool dual language learners: Parents' and teachers' beliefs about language development and collaboration

Guided by Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory of human development and Moll's theory of funds of knowledge, the aim of this qualitative study was to examine the beliefs of parents and early childhood teachers on (a) the language development of Spanish-speaking preschool dual language learners (DLLs) and (b) how they can collaborate to support DLLs. Parents (n = 14) and early childhood teachers (n = 17) of Spanish-speaking DLLs participated in focus groups and interviews. Data were analysed using the consensual qualitative research method [Hill, C., Thompson, B., & Williams, E. (1997). A guide to conducting consensual qualitative research. The Counseling Psychologist, 25, 517-572]. Nine themes emerged about parents' and teachers' beliefs about DLLs' language development, and three themes emerged about parent-teacher collaboration. Findings indicate several practice implications, such as a need for education about second language acquisition and development of sustainable models to form collaborative partnerships between parents and teachers. (author abstract)
Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
United States

Related resources include summaries, versions, measures (instruments), or other resources in which the current document plays a part. Research products funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation are related to their project records.

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection.

Fostering toddlers’ social emotional competence: Considerations of teachers’ emotion language by child gender

Reports & Papers

Woodcock-Johnson III


Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire



Release: 'v1.27.0' | Built: 2023-03-30 19:09:43 EDT