Journal of Contemporary Research in Education


The purpose of the study was to determine if the ELL and non-ELL students’ and guardians’ perceptions of student-led conferences were similar. The sample included 97 consenting guardians and 90 students from five fifth grade classrooms. The student and guardian participants were given parallel surveys to ascertain their perceptions of student-led conferences. The survey data were analyzed with the two one-sided significance test (TOST) technique to determine statistical significance. Additionally, 90% confidence intervals were constructed and analyzed to verify the results. Six of the nine student survey questions resulted in statistically equivalent perceptions between the ELL and non-ELL participants. Four of the ten guardian survey questions resulted in statistical equivalent average responses. In both cases, however, ELL students and parents had better perceptions than non-ELL students and guardians for those items that were not statistically significant.

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