Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teachers' perceptions of oral language and vocabulary development of children in poverty: A phenomenological study
by Abdelhadi, Sherry K., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2013, 174; 3573949
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative phenomenological study examined the perceptions and lived experiences of 20 early childhood teachers as they supported the oral language development of children living in poverty. The participants were employed in high-poverty schools in the state of Illinois. The experiences and perceptions were analyzed from interview and observation data gathered from participants. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences and perceptions of early childhood teachers as they supported the oral language development of children growing up in poverty. The information gathered during interviews and classroom observations revealed four emergent themes regarding teachers’ perceptions of the language development of children in poverty (a) language exposure, (b) home life, (c) lack of resources, and (d) types of classroom support contribute to the phenomena. The extrapolation of themes led to an essential structure used to develop several recommendations towards improving the language development of children growing up in poverty. Recommendations included (a) extend parental outreach programs, (b) provide professional development opportunities for teachers, and (c) provide adequate resources to enhance targeted intervention opportunities for children growing up in poverty. The findings and recommendations presented can be used as a basis for future research on this topic.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, Terri
Commitee: Sanders, Rebecca, Sweeney, Doris
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Early childhood education, Sociolinguistics, Language
Keywords: Language development, Oral language, Poverty, Vocabulary development
Publication Number: 3573949
ISBN: 9781303456299
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