ERIC Number: EJ1023541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Learning about English Learners' Content Understandings through Teacher Inquiry: Focus on Writing
Athanases, Steven Z.; Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen; Bennett, Lisa H.
New Educator, v9 n4 p304-327 2013
Writing is central to academic development, permeates content area coursework and serves as both a vehicle for and a display of learning. For English learners (ELs), writing poses challenges, and teachers need preparation in how to understand and respond to these. This study reports 5 teacher inquiry processes that preservice teachers in one teacher education program used to learn more about their ELs and their writing performances, strengths, learning, preferences, and needs. The inquiry processes provided opportunities to develop knowledge of content and students (Ball, Thames, & Phelps, 2008), a key subdomain of the knowledge base of effective teaching.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Writing Skills, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Student Needs, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Writing Instruction, Student Evaluation, Writing Achievement, Skill Development, Prediction, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California