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ERIC Number: ED312884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 200
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Relating to the Implementation of the New York State Curriculum for English as a Second Language in Secondary Schools.
Wellman, Laurie
This study investigated factors related to the implementation of the New York State curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) in secondary schools. It was hypothesized that three variable sets would relate to the implementation of the curriculum: the nature of the assistance provided the teacher (principal's support and inservice training), the context in which the implementation was attempted (characteristics of teacher and of school setting), and the properties of the innovation (and teachers' perceptions of it). A survey was mailed to the entire population of New York State ESL teachers in 1986-87 in grades 7-12 (n=964). A geographically representative 50% responded. Through discriminant analysis, independent variables significant in distinguishing three groups of teachers (lack of awareness of the curriculum, curriculum rejecters, and curriculum users) were identified. Unaware and rejecter teachers who did not use the state curriculum were less likely than users to be state certified in ESL, to agree that the size of their classes allowed for frequent interaction with students, to agree they had sufficient instructional materials, and to report that their principals supported the use of state-developed curricula. Analysis of responses of teachers familiar with the curriculum found the only significant difference between them to be their perceptions of the curriculum. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York