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ERIC Number: EJ1252703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Inquiry-Based Pedagogies, Multimodalities, and Multilingualism: Opportunities and Challenges in Supporting English Learner Success
Early, Margaret; Kendrick, Maureen
Canadian Modern Language Review, v76 n2 p139-154 May 2020
Across curricular terrains in education in North America, the use of the term "inquiry" has become more prevalent than ever. This radical turn from traditional content curriculum toward inquiry-based approaches to teaching raises issues about the promise and potential challenges of contemporary curriculum in K-12 L2 settings. This explorative qualitative study investigated the following research question: What are the opportunities and challenges for inquiry-based approaches to English language learners' (ELLs) language, literacies, and content learning, as mandated in twenty-first-century curriculum? Semi-structured interviews, with eight expert language and literacy educators, were conducted to generate data and a thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. The recursive analysis revealed three themes concerning opportunities afforded by an inquiry-based approach: enhance ELLs' understanding of content knowledge, give prominence to ELLs' languages and literacies and promote respect for diversity, and utilize digital tools to support ELLs' language and content learning and amplify their voices. Three themes concerning challenges emerged: educator resistance to change, underestimating required resources, and communicating with parents/guardians of ELLs. Implications are discussed for policy and practices regarding inquiry-based pedagogies, multimodalities, and multilingualism in supporting English learner success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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