Literature Review, Survey, Narrative Proficiency Test, Focus Group Sessions, Interviews and Classroom Observations

  • Nicholas Faraclas
  • Ellen-Petra Kester
  • Eric Mijts
Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 20)


This chapter contains the results of the fieldwork carried out by the team in February and April 2013. As much as possible, we have attempted to organize and present the data in the same way as in the final report to the government of the Netherlands. The literature review in Section 4.1 presents an overview of case studies and theory concerning societies and educational systems that have had to cope with challenges in language and education that are similar to the ones that Statia has been confronting, and the effects of educational policy and practice on language attitudes and proficiency in those societies. Sections 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 cover the three components of our field research: the language attitudes and use survey, the narrative proficiency test and the focus group sessions, interviews and class observations. Each of those sections begins with some introductory comments on how our work was informed and guided by a community based framework and approach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Faraclas
    • 1
  • Ellen-Petra Kester
    • 2
  • Eric Mijts
    • 3
  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

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