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ERIC Number: ED571674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 311
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3397-3457-6
Quality Teachers of English Language Learners: Exploring the Use of a Standards Framework to Improve the Focus of Professional Development for Practicing Classroom and Content Teachers
Hiatt, Janet E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D.(Educ.) Dissertation, Drake University
On a national level, English Language Learners (ELLs) are growing at a faster rate than their non-ELL public school peers. To be prepared for this rapidly changing demographic, will require all educators who work with ELLs to have adequate knowledge and skills to meet the needs of ELLs. This study aimed to identify the perceived levels of preparedness of practicing classroom and content teachers in serving ELLs, with the purpose of making recommendations for improving the focus of ELL professional development for practicing teachers based on reported needs and data analyses. Using the "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) P-12 Professional Teaching Standards" conceptual framework, practicing teachers' perceived levels of preparedness for serving ELLs were determined based on five domains and 11 corresponding standards. The study was primarily grounded in a pragmatic philosophical worldview, or one that focused on finding solutions to the research problem related to classroom and content teachers feeling underprepared to serve ELLs while serving increasing numbers in their classrooms. Furthermore, the study employed a mixed methods approach with survey research methodology. Participants were approximately 126 practicing kindergarten-twelfth (K-12) teachers from 12 rural/town, suburban, and urban districts. Quantitative findings revealed (a) survey respondents, on average, felt underprepared to serve ELLs; (b) there was a significant difference between participants with prior ELL training and perceived preparedness; (c) perceived preparedness was not significantly different based on district locale; and (d) a combination of domains could be predictive of perceived preparedness in the area of instruction. In addition, qualitative findings further conveyed practicing teachers' perceived preparedness to serve ELLs. Pragmatic implications of the findings were also discussed for a more focused approach to ELL professional development for practicing classroom and content teachers. [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
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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