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ERIC Number: EJ1159993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1946-7109
Student Achievement Outcomes of Immigrants and English Language Learners in an Urban Classroom: A Case Study of Great Strides and Hope
Adams, Benedict Lazarus
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v14 n1 Fall 2017
This study entailed understanding how urban teachers supported a population of immigrant students (from non-English speaking countries) and English Language Leaners (ELLs) as well as how teachers made sense of and carried out instruction for this group of students in an urban classroom. The author's ultimate goal as a teacher educator was to translate what he had learned from this study into principles and practices to be shared with new teachers. After several setbacks related to finding a suitable site, the author received permission to conduct the research in an urban high school within five miles of a large Midwestern state capitol. The population in this school district was dense and homogenous, with huge housing and other socio-economic disparities between the rich and poor. Data for this study was collected via classroom interactions, interviews, focus groups, field notes, informal conversations, and numerous student artifacts such as written assignments, presentations, student work, and grades. The author identified this commentary as a case study of great strides and hope because the findings shed light on how scholars and practitioners can find a means toward more equitable outcomes for ELLs and immigrants. The results imply that teacher educators could be better equipped to provide new urban teachers with appropriate tools, skills, and best practices for supporting immigrants and ELLs in their unique learning challenges in order to function in the American social, economic, and political environment. The author aruges that concurring with Clarkson (2009) the issue of effective urban teacher preparations (UTPs) cannot be underestimated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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