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Narrative Development of School Children

Studies from Multilingual Families in Taiwan


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

About this book


This book reports the current aspects of children from multilingual families in Taiwan and describes these children's perceptions towards their linguistic, academic, and social development from a survey study and a discourse analysis study. The discourse analysis study focuses on the narrative developments of children born to Southeast Asian mothers versus average Taiwanese children across four grade levels in the elementary school. This book is significant in four aspects: describing the children with multilingual family background qualitatively and quantitatively, including a wide range and a large number of participants, proposing new analytical approaches for child narrative research, and compiling applicable classroom activities based on of research findings. The cultural and linguistic background of the children described in this book may be of interest to researchers and educators not only in Chinese-speaking regions, but also in areas where the phenomenon of multilingual family is becoming common in the society.


Child language development Children's Narratives Discourse analysis Logical organization Multilingual Family Narrative Development Taiwanese children immigration children southeast asian children

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of Foreign Languages & LiteratureNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Narrative Development of School Children
  • Book Subtitle Studies from Multilingual Families in Taiwan
  • Authors Shin-Mei Kao
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-287-190-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-191-6
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 129
  • Number of Illustrations 48 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Applied Linguistics
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