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ERIC Number: ED365166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 263
Abstractor: N/A
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Beliefs, Self-Reported Practices and Professional Development Needs of Three Classroom Teachers with Language-Minority Students.
Clair, Nancy
This study explored beliefs, self-reported practices, and professional development needs of three mainstream classroom teachers with language-minority students. Case histories of the teachers were composed from transcripts of interviews, classroom observation, and entries from teacher and observer journals. Analysis reveals that: (1) teacher beliefs about language-minority students may be based on hearsay and misinformation; (2) the teachers do not vary their planning but frequently vary lesson implementation; (3) choice of instructional practices may be based on naive notions of language proficiency and the demands of the mainstream classroom; and (4) teachers draw on intuitive wisdom because of lack of preservice teacher preparation and nonexistent or inadequate inservice education on issues related to language-minority students. Implications are drawn primarily for preservice and inservice teacher education: teacher educators must embrace a conception of schooling that considers the social, political, and cultural realities of a diverse student population when creating innovative curricula; inservice staff development regarding language-minority student issues should be context-specific, driven by the needs and commitments of teachers and the resources of school and community; teachers have a responsibility for engaging in dialogue with teachers, parents, and administrators about these issues; and more research is needed. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Language Minorities
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Teacher's College, Columbia University.