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ERIC Number: ED340232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Teacher Attitudes about Language Differences.
Byrnes, Deborah A.; Kiger, Gary
A survey of 184 regular classroom teachers at a summer workshop at a state university in the Rocky Mountain Region investigated teacher knowledge and attitudes about linguistic diversity in the classroom. Data was gathered on the teachers' background, kind and amount of assistance provided to teachers with limited-English-proficient (LEP) students in their classes, perceptions about teaching LEP students, and attitudes toward having LEP students in their classrooms. Results indicate that: (1) teachers had misconceptions about teaching language learning; (2) they did not often receive the kind of support needed for teaching students in this population; and (3) negative language attitudes may be a barrier to a positive learning experience for the LEP child and other students in the classroom. Policy recommendations include additional support for teachers of LEP students, and pre- and in-service training regarding language learning. It is also seen as important for teachers to examine their own language attitudes. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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