The 2014 volume of Review of Research in Education, released by AERA in March 2014, explores the role of educational language policies in promoting education as a human right. Titled “Language Policy, Politics, and Diversity in Education,” the volume was edited by Kathryn M. Borman, Arnold B. Danzig, David R. Garcia, and Terrence G. Wiley.
As noted by the editors in their introduction: “There are an estimated nearly 7,000 living languages in the world. Yet, despite the extent of language diversity, only a small number of the world’s languages are used as mediums of instruction. It is important to understand the role of educational language policies in promoting educational access through the dominant language, and its impact on educational equity, achievement, and students’ sense of identity.”
A session at the AERA 2014 Annual Meeting examined the volume and featured comments by the editors.