Qualitative research offers opportunities to give voices to individuals or groups who have traditionally been underrepresented or marginalized. It can also be a means to uncover prevailing misconceptions that result from aggregated, quantitative profiles of groups of people. In this research study, I illustrate how qualitative approaches can be used to increase our understanding of educational, socio-cultural and linguistic realities experienced by lowachieving secondary emergent bilinguals, as known as long-term English language learners (ELLs), a group which has been under-studied by educational researchers in general and special education.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017

  • Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0173
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada