ERIC Number: EJ843567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
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Urban Elementary Teachers' Perspectives on Teaching Science to English Language Learners
Lee, Okhee; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Buxton, Cory; Penfield, Randall; Secada, Walter G.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v20 n3 p263-286 Jun 2009
This descriptive study examined urban elementary school teachers' perceptions of their science content knowledge, science teaching practices, and support for language development of English language learners. Also examined were teachers' perceptions of organizational supports and barriers associated with teaching science to nonmainstream students. The study involved 221 third- through fifth-grade teachers from 15 urban elementary schools in a large school district. The teachers completed a survey in the spring of 2005. The internal consistency reliability estimates, Cronbach alpha, for scales created from the survey items were within an acceptable range. The teachers reported that they were generally knowledgeable about science topics at their grade level and that they taught science to promote students' understanding and inquiry. In contrast, the teachers reported rarely discussing student diversity in their own teaching or with other teachers at their schools. The teachers identified specific organizational supports and barriers in teaching science with diverse student groups at both the school and classroom levels.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Urban Schools, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Qualifications, Barriers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Student Diversity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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