Education and Human Sciences, College of (CEHS)


First Advisor

J. Marc Goodrich

Date of this Version

Spring 4-2021


Thayer, L. (2021). The effects of bilingual education on dual language learners' academic outcomes [Unpublished master's thesis]. University of Nebraska.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirement For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Special Education, Under the Supervision of Professor J. Marc Goodrich. Lincoln, Nebraska: April 2021

Copyright © 2021 Lauren Thayer


The population of dual language learners (DLLs) in the United States continues to grow. As the population grows, so does the need to research their unique development. Additionally, considerations for their education come to the forefront. This meta-analysis will analyze one option for DLLs – bilingual education programs. These programs offer the opportunity for DLLs to receive educational support in both of their languages. However, there has been controversy over the division of languages; specifically, concerns that children will not become proficient in the language of majority (e.g., English). This meta-analysis seeks to aggregate research on the effects of bilingual education programs on DLLs’ academic outcomes and compare them to academic outcomes of DLLs’ in mainstream, monolingual programs.

Advisor: J. Marc Goodrich