ERIC Number: EJ1145446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Preparing Teachers to Meet the Needs of Latino and ELL Students: A Case Study of a Federal Grant
Beal, Heather K. Olson; Rudolph, Amanda M.
Planning and Changing, v46 n1-2 p42-55 2015
Due to increased public school accountability, heightened scrutiny of higher education, ongoing demographic shifts, and lean economic times, many in higher education are turning to the federal grant system for financial support to facilitate needed program improvements because other funding sources have been diminished or eliminated. Teacher education programs, in particular, need to revise their programs to better prepare teacher candidates to meet the sociocultural, linguistic, and academic needs of Latino and ELL students--the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population--in K-12 school settings. Findings from this case study of a five-year federal grant that our university was awarded are based on semi-structured interviews with key participants in the grant-writing and implementation processes and participant observation. Findings identify structural issues at two levels that are potential barriers to meaningful program improvement: macro issues embedded within the federal grant system itself and micro issues that occur at the university level.
Descriptors: Grants, Case Studies, Hispanic American Students, Barriers, Higher Education, Teacher Education Programs, English Language Learners, Semi Structured Interviews, Universities, Student Needs, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Decision Making, Observation, College Faculty
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas