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ERIC Number: ED506034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-16
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 203
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Effect of Grouping on the Language Development of English Learners
Sabharwal, Seema
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, Argosy University
The purpose of the study was to examine if there was a significant difference between first-grade English Learners (EL) who constitute a majority (greater than 50%) of the English language mainstream classroom (homogeneous grouping) and first-grade EL who constitute a minority (less than 50%) of the English language mainstream classrooms (heterogeneous grouping) in the area of English language acquisition as measured by the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). To accomplish this, the researcher gathered CELDT scores of entire English language mainstream EL who were enrolled in first grade for the 2006-2007 school year and who maintained enrollment in the same district for second grade in the fall of 2007-2008 school year at a Unified School District (USD). In this study, the researcher also determined perceptions of the teachers of the entire English language mainstream EL, who were enrolled in first grade for the 2006-2007 school year and who maintained enrollment in the same district for second grade in the fall of 2007-2008 school year at the USD, on the advantages and disadvantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous grouping in EL A questionnaire, developed by the researcher, was given to all the English language mainstream first-grade teachers at the USD. A study of teachers' perceptions helped substantiate that the non significant difference in differently grouped EL test scores was not due to the difference in teacher perceptions of EL groupings. Seven appendices are included: (1) Protection of Human Subjects (2) Unified School District's Board Policy; (3) Institutional Permission Letter; (4) Questionnaire Consent Form; (5) Questionnaire; (6) Matrix for Aligning the Questionnaire with Research Questions; and (7) Checklist for Evaluating the Questionnaire. (Contains 23 tables and 3 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California