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ERIC Number: ED528192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-7600-8
The Perceptions of ESL Teachers of Color in Adult Education Programs in San Diego
Leung, Dorothy D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University, San Diego
The problem: It is important to examine how U.S. born ESL teacher's of colors' ethnicity affects White colleagues and administrators, and their own teaching practice in order to eradicate the preconceived notions that a suitable language teacher should be one that is only recognized by the majority on the basis of race. Method: A qualitative study was conducted and four teachers with a diverse ethnic background, two teachers from an Anglo-Saxon background, and two administrators also from an Anglo-Saxon background working at an adult education program were interviewed. Audiotapes and field notes taken by the researcher will also be used during the interview process. The written notes will contain conversations and their experiences as well as the background information of the participants. The length of the interview will be approximately an hour. Results: The results show that ethnicity and language does not solely determine one's background. Each of the participants of color show that their education, experiences in teaching, and the environment they were brought up in are part of their background and ethnicity. Additionally, the results reveal that the participants of color perceive themselves differently from others (i.e. administrators and colleagues) perceived perception of them, these perceived perceptions of others affects the teachers of color both positively and negatively. Furthermore, the results show that hiring is not based on a teacher's ethnicity but on one's demonstration of certain teaching skills and techniques. The results also reveal that ethnicity does not negatively affect the participants of color's teaching because the participants believe that ethnicity should be a separate entity from teaching and ethnicity should only be advantageous to the learning environment. Finally, the results showed there were some participants who exhibited colorblindness because of their inability to give a direct definition for the term teachers of color, their inability to identify with their diverse ethnic background, and their extreme caution of raising stereotypes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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