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ERIC Number: ED348878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Teachers' Voices.
Lemberger, Nancy
In a study of bilingual education teachers' experiences and perceptions of bilingual education, four female trained, experienced, Spanish-English bilingual primary school teachers were interviewed in depth and observed in class. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews focused on the following: teacher background and experience; experiences with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents; changes in curriculum and policies over time; and experiences in bilingual teacher education. Narrative case studies for each teacher, maintaining her own voice, were created. Cross-case analysis of the narratives revealed similarities and differences and allowed comparison with recent literature. The report describes the study and summarizes major findings in the following areas: effects of teacher background on teaching; need for native language policy commitment and improved evaluation instruments, procedures, and policies; collegial acceptance and institutionalization of bilingual programs; teacher professional judgment and curriculum design; formal and informal teacher education opportunities; the teachers' roles with students; and the bilingual teacher as a community liaison. A 17-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).