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ERIC Number: ED520218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-15
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Perceptions of Secondary Science Educators of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Learners in Their Classrooms
Hollenbeck, James; Hristova-Hollenbeck, Darina Z.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Hoosier Science Teacher's Association Science Conference(Indianapolis, IN, Feb 2008)
Most information on the teaching of ESL/LEP [English as a Second Language/Limited English Language] students is directed towards elementary students and academic areas other than science. Secondary science teachers need research and information on teaching ESL/LEP students. Secondary science educators in the Louisville Metropolitan area were surveyed in 2007 on their perceptions of LEP students. Over 80 surveys from 100 were returned with upbeat and encouraging trends that found that LEP students are welcomed in the classroom and teachers want additional information on how they can "bridge" the language gap and help them to be successful learners. Educators identified that students are able to practice their English language in a natural setting, and develop cultural skills with native speakers whom they would not have had the opportunity to work with. The science curriculum is where language arts, mathematics, and science integrate together. If the ESL/LEP student is successful in science, they will be successful students in all academic programs. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Kentucky