bELonging: Do Students Classified as English Learners Feel Included?

Author
Author
White, R. S., Schneider, J., & Mavrogordato, M.
Journal
AERA Open
Journal Details
AERA Open, 9
Details
Resource Type
Journal
Acquisition Number
485
Published Date
12-20-2023 11:37 AM
Published Year
2023
Number of Pages
15
Language(s)
Subscription Only
No
Abstract

These authors analyze student survey data related to sense of belonging and relationships with teachers and adults within and across the fastest growing subgroup of K–12 public school students: students classified as English learners (ELs). They find that students classified as ELs, overall, felt a similar sense of belonging, or slightly higher sense of belonging than their never and formerly EL-classified peers; however, within the sense of belonging constructs, students classified as ELs varied in their perceptions of school climate. Additionally, current EL-classified students who took the survey in English were more positive than those who took the survey in another language; however, once student demographics and school contexts were held constant, survey language was weakly related to our outcome measures. They conclude by discussing how our findings can guide K–12 education policies, practices, and research to foster inclusive educational environments.

Topics
Social emotional well being
English Learners
School climate
Keywords
english learners
social emotional well-being