Teacher Change in Beliefs and Practices in Science and Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners

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Abstract

This study examined patterns of change in beliefs and practices as elementary teachers learned to establish instructional congruence, a process of mediating academic disciplines with linguistic and cultural experiences of diverse student groups. The study focused on six bilingual Hispanic teachers working with fourth-grade, mostly Hispanic students. The results indicated that teacher learning and change occurred in different ways in the areas of science instruction, students' language and culture, English language and literacy instruction, and integration of these areas in establishing instructional congruence. The results also indicated that establishing instructional congruence was a gradual and demanding process requiring teacher reflection and insight, formal training, and extensive support and sharing. Implications for further research in promoting achievement for all students are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-93
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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