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ERIC Number: ED306610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Snapshots from a Teacher's Inquiry into Foreign Worlds: A Case Study.
Cakmak, Sibel
An investigation is presented of a regular classroom teacher's socio-psycho-linguistic experiences with the non-English speaking children in her classroom. Audiotaped interviews were conducted with Mrs. Walters (pseudonym), a first grade teacher with a large number of foreign students in her classroom. In addition to interviewing the teacher, the study conducted classroom observations and used descriptive and reflexive journals describing the interviews, formal observations, joint debriefing (a meeting between the researcher and teacher), and memberchecks (formal and informal feedback from the teacher). After transcribing each interview, the researcher categorized the information by imposing headings guided by the memberchecks. Categories included: (1) "Teacher as a Role Model for Cultural Diversity"; (2) "Familiar but Foreign"; (3) "Snapshots from Three Non-English-Speaking Foreign Students"; (4) "Inquiry into Reading"; (5) "Understanding Goal-Orientedness"; and (6) "The Foreign Parents." After interviews, observations, and joint debriefing were completed, the researcher organized and compiled the information, imposed a narrative structure on the explanations under each category, and wrote an integrated story that reflected the teacher's construction. Credibility was established through persistent observation, intensive interviewing, joint debriefing, and memberchecks. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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