ERIC Number: EJ1145320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
What It Takes to Succeed: The Importance of Social Support for Academically Successful Middle School English Learners
Baker, Lottie L.
Youth & Society, v49 n5 p658-678 Jul 2017
Missing from educational studies on English learners (ELs) is an investigation of those students who succeed beyond minimum standards, defying the achievement gap. The research study presented in this article contributes to this area by examining the experiences and understandings of five middle school ELs who have demonstrated linguistic and academic success. These students are former ELs who once were in need of language support but have now exited from English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional services and are currently enrolled in advanced coursework. A basic qualitative approach was employed utilizing multiple student data sources including interviews and observations. In addition, two of each student's teachers were interviewed individually for the purposes of triangulation. This manuscript identifies areas of social support contributed to these students' success and discusses ways in which students understood and activated this support.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Social Support Groups, Success, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Observation, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Grade 8, Academic Support Services, Course Selection (Students), Student Motivation, Epistemology, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
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