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ERIC Number: ED533368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-5857-9
Untold Stories: Perspectives of Principals and Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
Delahunty, Geniene Piche
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Cincinnati
The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of principals and Hispanic parents of English language learners about the school experience of their students. Through collecting stories (narrative) of their children's school experiences, I was able to determine that the key perceptions of principals and Hispanic parents focused on their dual responsibilities and limitations at home and at school. These responsibilities and limitations have both positive and negative effects on the schooling experience of students. Data were collected by conducting open ended interviews. My goal was to allow the untold stories of the participants to provide the perspectives of schooling experiences that a standard interview session might not have been able to capture. Narrative inquiry was the research methodology used. There is an urgent need for the narratives of parents to be heard, to help urban educators and policy makers embrace the dichotomy of students' home cultures and students' school cultures (Auerbach, 2002). Narratives were then transcribed and coded in order to identify major themes. The resultant themes that emerged were: home-school expectations, communication barriers, and sense of community. Schools that tap into the strengths of their students, parents, and communities will build an additive school model (as opposed to a deficit model) that will reap benefits for generations to come. More importantly English language learners who have positive school experiences achieve greater success and experience a higher graduation rate. [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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