ERIC Number: EJ1089484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Elementary Physical Education Teachers' Experiences in Teaching English Language Learners
Sato, Takahiro; Hodge, Samuel R.
Education and Urban Society, v48 n3 p262-287 Mar 2016
The purpose of the current study was to describe and explain the views on teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) held by six elementary physical education (PE) teachers in the Midwest region of the United States. Situated in positioning theory, the research approach was descriptive-qualitative. The primary sources of data were face-to-face interviews, and the transcript data were analyzed using NVivo 8 software and constant comparative method. The recurrent themes that emerged from the data were as follows: (a) "pedagogical challenges"; (b) "traumatized"; (c) "irritations, frustrations, and expectations"; and (d) "cultural dissonance." These themes reflect the teachers' positioning that teaching ELLs is difficult and complicated. There is pressing need for PE teacher candidates and practicing teachers to receive professional preparation and development training in implementing culturally and ethnolinguistically relevant pedagogies effectively.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Physical Education Teachers, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Teaching Conditions, Student Characteristics, Trauma, Cultural Differences, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio