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Bilingual Education and Literacy in Arizona

Research Question: Has restricting bilingual education in Arizona helped or hurt English language learners?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against effects of the restriction on bilingual education in Arizona.  You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources, including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

Dabach, Dafney Blanca, and Christian Faltis. "Bilingual Education." Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Ed. James A. Banks. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2012. 213-17. SAGE knowledge.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Library Catalog> In the search box, copy & paste this title:  “Encyclopedia of diversity in education” > Click on the title> Click on the link Find on the Web
  • In the search box, “Search within…”, type “bilingual education” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, select the entry Bilingual Education.
  • Read the first two sections of the article through “Bilingual Education History in the United States

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

Jost, Kenneth. "Bilingual Education vs. English Immersion." CQ Researcher 11 Dec. 2009: 1029-52.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "bilingual education" and then click Search.
  • Select the title: "Bilingual Education vs. English Immersion." (12/2009)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box, copy & paste this article title: “Education of English Language Learners in Arizonaand click Search.
  • Select the link Search the UA Library Catalog
  • Within the catalog record, select the link Full Text Available from Single Journals
  • Note:  You will need the journal article information to locate the article:
  • Select the Year:  2012 >  Select the Volume and Issue:  volume 114, Issue 9
  • Scroll down through this list and select this article:  "The Education of English Language Learners in Arizona: A History of Underachievement."
  • Select the link PDF to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box, copy & paste this article title: "Case for Structured English Immersion” and click Search.
  • Select the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide


Last modified: January 8, 2014