ERIC Number: EJ1146228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Perceptions of ELL Students: Do Their Attitudes Shape Their Instruction?
Carley Rizzuto, Kerry
Teacher Educator, v52 n3 p182-202 2017
The purpose of this parallel mixed-methodology study was to examine how the perceptions of early childhood teachers toward their early childhood English Language Learners (ELL) shape their pedagogical practices. The study was conducted in 10 early childhood classrooms, ranging from grades pre-K to third, in one suburban school with a culturally and linguistically diverse student population. Quantitative data was gathered through the administration of Pohan and Aguilar's (2001) Professional beliefs about diversity Likert scale. Additionally, qualitative data were collected. Although some survey responses and interviews indicated that participants were aware of and accepting of all students' funds of knowledge and were eager to draw on their students' cultural backgrounds languages, most were ill-equipped or unwilling to differentiate their instruction for ELL students. Implications for inservice teacher professional development to gain understandings of the theories of second language acquisition and culturally responsive pedagogy are discussed.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, English Language Learners, Preschool Children, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 3, Preschool Education, Student Diversity, Surveys, Likert Scales, Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Influences, Teacher Competencies, Individualized Instruction, Student Needs, Semi Structured Interviews, Culturally Relevant Education, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Grade 2; Elementary Education; Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey