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ERIC Number: EJ888969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
Examining the Structures that Impact English Language Learners' Agency in Urban High Schools: Resources and Roadblocks in the Classroom
Wassell, Beth A.; Hawrylak, Maria Fernandez; LaVan, Sarah-Kate
Education and Urban Society, v42 n5 p599-619 Jul 2010
This qualitative study focused on the classroom experiences of 14 English Language Learners (ELL) students in urban high schools. The authors argue that specific structures within classrooms and schools affect ELL students' agency, or their ability to access and appropriate resources to meet their learning and social needs. Using a narrative inquiry methodological framework, the authors found that these structures included resources, such as space, and time, and a schema of caring, which were created by teachers' practices. They also included roadblocks, such as poor instructional practices, a lack of empathy of students' experiences, and diminished access to the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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