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Community Based Research in Language Policy and Planning

The Language of Instruction in Education in Sint Eustatius


Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Nicholas Faraclas, Ellen-Petra Kester, Eric Mijts
    Pages 1-5
  3. Nicholas Faraclas, Ellen-Petra Kester, Eric Mijts
    Pages 7-20
  4. Nicholas Faraclas, Ellen-Petra Kester, Eric Mijts
    Pages 169-180
  5. Nicholas Faraclas, Ellen-Petra Kester, Eric Mijts
    Pages 181-189
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-195

About this book


This volume focuses on a case where community organizing, academic research and governmental responsibility were successfully mobilized and synchronized to bring about change in educational policy and practice. The focus of this book is the methodology implemented and the results obtained over the course of a year-long action research project on language and education in St. Eustatius, one of the islands of the Dutch Caribbean, commissioned by the educational authorities in both St. Eustatius and the European Netherlands. On the island, the language of instruction is Dutch, however, outside of the classroom most students only speak English and an English-lexifier Creole. The research project was set up to address the negative impact on school success of this disparity. It included a community-based sociolinguistic study that actively involved all of the stakeholders in the education system on the island. This was complemented by a multi-pronged set of research strategies, including a language attitude and use survey, a narrative proficiency test, in depth interviews, and a review of the relevant literature. The resulting report and recommendations were accepted by the government, which is now in the process of changing the language of instruction.


bilingual and multilingual education language policy and planning community based research language of instruction education in community development applied sociolinguistics Caribbean education policy action research in language policy postcolonial / neo-colonial education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of Puerto Rico at Río PiedrasSan JuanPuerto Rico
  2. 2.Department of Languages, Literature and CommunicationUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of ArubaOranjestadAruba

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Community Based Research in Language Policy and Planning
  • Book Subtitle The Language of Instruction in Education in Sint Eustatius
  • Authors Nicholas Faraclas
    Ellen-Petra Kester
    Eric Mijts
  • Series Title Language Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Language Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-23222-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-23225-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-23223-8
  • Series ISSN 1571-5361
  • Series E-ISSN 2452-1027
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    Language Policy and Planning
    Education Policy
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“This book provides hope for educators, policy makers, and researchers in the field … . The depth of information provided on the process of implementing CBR would be of great value for researchers in the field of language policy development, as it highlights the importance of working with community partners in order to co-create realistic opportunities for change.” (Reshara Alviarez, Language Policy, Vol. 19, 2020)