Document Type



Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor's Name

Eric Dwyer

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Co-chair

Second Advisor's Name

Sarah Mathews

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Co-chair

Third Advisor's Name

Laura Dinehart

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


heritage language, curriculum and instruction, community-based schools, bilingual education, bilingual literacy

Date of Defense



This research aimed to describe, understand, and discuss the curriculum development process of a Brazilian-Portuguese heritage language community-based school in South Florida.

This study was guided by the following research questions: (a) What roles does this HL community-based school aim to play for its students? This investigation was also related to the subsidiary question: (b) How does this HL community-based school organize its curriculum development process? In order to explore these research questions, I observed and interviewed teachers and coordinators based on a qualitative research approach.

I analyzed the interviews’ transcripts, and the program’s website with a central focus of describing and understanding their curriculum development process. Hopefully, the findings will help Brazilian and other HL community schools toward discussing and elaborating their own curriculum development, as well as to look for specific teacher training courses.





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