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ERIC Number: EJ795248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Hidden Teachers, Invisible Students: Lessons Learned from Exemplary Bilingual Paraprofessionals in Secondary Schools
Wenger, Kerri J.; Lubbes, Tawnya; Lazo, Martha; Azcarraga, Isabel; Sharp, Suzan; Ernst-Slavit, Gisela
Teacher Education Quarterly, v31 n2 p89-111 Spr 2004
In recent years the number of students who are English Language Learners (ELL) in U.S. schools has increased dramatically. When they meet bilingual paraprofessionals in the classroom and on school grounds, ELL students learn that these paraprofessionals do seem to know everything (or at least the important things to survive at school). Bilingual paraprofessionals help students move through multiple, complex, unfamiliar school settings and make connections to life outside school. In this article, the authors present the results of a three-year, multi-site ethnographic study aimed at understanding the effectiveness of bilingual paraprofessionals working with secondary school students. Findings suggest that paraprofessionals are able to assist students in academic pursuits in ways regular classroom teachers are unable to provide. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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