Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

Lane Gauthier

Second Advisor

Ann Monroe

Third Advisor

Sarah Blackwell

Abstract

Teachers across the nation face challenges in today's diverse classrooms. To add to the pressure of meeting all of the students' needs and being successful on high-stakes tests, the growth in the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the regular classroom has grown tremendously over the last several years. This study examined teachers' experiences in working with ELLs and their families in the K-5 classroom. Research on teachers' attitudes in working with this population was reviewed because teachers' attitudes have an effect on the quality of the education ELLs receive. Evidence based strategies to help teachers with ELL instruction were also reviewed. The qualitative research of this project was based on teachers' experiences in the K-5 language arts setting. Listening to the teachers' stories helped the researcher to identify their attitudes in working with this challenging population. Observations of these teachers in their natural setting and the teaching strategies they use with ELLs were also examined.

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