ERIC Number: ED324955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Improving Teaching Strategies for Exceptional Hispanic Limited English Proficient Students: An Exploratory Study of Task Engagement and Teaching Strategies.
Willig, Ann C.; Swedo, Jana J.
An exploratory and descriptive study of instruction for Hispanic Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) students is presented. The study was based on data collected during part of a 4-year project to develop teacher training modules for teachers of learning disabled and mildly mentally retarded Hispanic LEP children. As a result of the second year of the project, which involved classroom observation and videotaping of actual classes, a secondary study was developed to identify major types of instructional practices employed with LEP children in special education. The descriptive information contained in this report is anchored with data on task engagement in order to evaluate the effectiveness of various instructional techniques. Observations indicated that direct instruction enhanced task engagement, and that this relationship was mediated by the nature of instruction--the most engaging activities drew heavily upon the experience, language background, and interests of the students. It was also noted that instruction at high conceptual levels was possible when the native language is used. Finally, task engagement during seatwork was closely related to the ability of the teacher to provide guidance and individualized instruction. (JL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation, Hispanic Americans, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Disabilities, Limited English Speaking, Mild Mental Retardation, Spanish Speaking, Special Education, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings
Ann C. Willig, Florida Atlantic University, Multifunctional Resource Center, College of Education, 500 NW 20 St. MT-17, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 1987).