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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Into the figured worlds of first grade teachers: Perceptions and enactments of instructional grouping and differentiation for English Learners in New South classroom contexts
by Plaisance, Michelle, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014, 189; 3625043
Abstract (Summary)

The seven-month participatory qualitative inquiry (Emerson, Fretz, & Shaw, 2011) explored how a first grade team in a metro Charlotte elementary school perceived and enacted instructional grouping and differentiation for English Learners within a prescribed literacy curriculum. Informed by a Vygotskian theoretical framework for understanding the social construction of teacher identity (Holland, Lachicotte, Skinner, & Cain, 1998), the study examined how institutionalized practices interacted with teachers' lived experiences and professional subjectivities to mediate how they made sense of and potentially improvised their teaching of the English Learners in and outside of mainstream classrooms. Data analysis revealed the complexities of teachers' professional selves as they made sense of their teaching within the structure of "Balanced Literacy." Findings included teachers' recasting of English Learners as "struggling readers;" the ambiguity of ESL within the context of the standardized reading curriculum; and, finally, the conflicting subjectivities of teachers as they negotiated the remediation of English Learners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Salas, Spencer
Commitee: D'Amico, Mark, Heafner, Tina L., Perez, Theresa
School: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Elementary education, Teacher education, Reading instruction
Keywords: Ability grouping, Balanced literacy, Differentiation, English learners, Esl program models, Reading instruction
Publication Number: 3625043
ISBN: 978-1-303-99469-2
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