ERIC Number: EJ1097673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring How Korean Teacher's Attitudes and Self-Efficacy for Using Inquiry and Language Based Teaching Practices Impacts Learning for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Implications for Science Teacher Education
Park, Jennifer; Chu, Hye-Eun; Martin, Sonya N.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n7 p1799-1841 Jul 2016
Demographic trends in Korea indicate that the student population is becoming more diverse with regards to culture, ethnicity and language. These changes have implications for science classrooms where inquiry-based, student-centered activities require culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students to connect with their peers and successfully navigate both everyday and content specific language. This study introduces the K-TASILT (Korean Teachers' Attitudes and Self-efficacy for Inquiry and Language based Teaching) questionnaire, which we designed to investigate Korean teachers' conceptions of diversity, inquiry teaching, and language education to help explore attitudes and self-efficacy towards teaching inquiry and language skills to CLD students. An analysis of 144 primary and secondary schools teachers' responses revealed that they have fairly positive attitudes towards CLD students and positive self-efficacy for teaching inquiry, but they also have limited self-efficacy for implementing effective language teaching supports for using inquiry teaching with CLD students. We raise questions about the ways in which teachers' attitudes and beliefs about inquiry teaching and language acquisition could shape teaching practices that limit or afford opportunities for CLD students to participate in school science. We offer implications for science teacher education programs in Korea focused on enhancing diversity and content specific strategies for supporting language learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Student Diversity, Questionnaires, Language Skills, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Statistical Analysis, Second Language Instruction, Content Validity, Test Validity, Focus Groups, Public School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Multiple Regression Analysis, Likert Scales, Interviews, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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