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ERIC Number: ED524512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-30
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Content-Area Teachers Seeking ELL Preparation: What Motivates Them?
Ardasheva, Yuliya; Brown, Sherri
Online Submission, Career Educator v1 n2 p17-41 2011
This qualitative study explored the relationship between content-area teachers' attitudes, beliefs, and professional experiences and their decisions to seek preparation in working with English language learners (ELLs). Six in-service teachers, who were enrolled in a graduate-level Sheltered Instruction course at a large U.S. Midwestern university, were administered a survey and interviewed regarding their enrolment decisions. The initial assumption that pre-existing positive ELL attitudes guided the teachers' decisions was only partially supported by the findings. Although varied across individual teachers, motivational reasons for enrolment were primarily based on (a) the perceived value of ELL preparation for immediate and future professional goals, (b) consistency with teachers' self-concepts, and (c) expected success in the learning experience. Implications for teacher preparation programmes are discussed. Appended is "An Example of Member Checking." (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States