ERIC Number: EJ850268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Meeting the Needs of High School Science Teachers in English Language Learner Instruction
Cho, Seonhee; McDonnough, Jacqueline T.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v20 n4 p385-402 Aug 2009
This survey study explored high school science teachers' challenges and needs specific to their growing English language learning (ELL) student population. Thirty-three science teachers from 6 English as a Second language (ESL)-center high schools in central Virginia participated in the survey. Issues surveyed were (a) strategies used by science teachers to accommodate ELL students' special needs, (b) challenges they experienced, and (c) support and training necessary for effective ELL instruction. Results suggest that language barriers as well as ELL students' lack of science foundational knowledge challenged teachers most. Teachers perceived that appropriate instructional materials and pedagogical training was most needed. The findings have implications for science teacher preservice and inservice education in regard to working with language minority students.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, English (Second Language), Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Educational Strategies, Special Needs Students, Barriers, Professional Development, Educational Needs, Language Minorities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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