Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teacher beliefs about implementing Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design): A quantitative study through the framework of expectancy-value theory
by Peterson, Eric, Ph.D., Concordia University Chicago, 2014, 133; 3670609
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the barriers and facilitators to general teacher implementation of Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) through the framework of expectancy-value theory. This research was a modified replication of a study by Foley (2011) which investigated the factors that impeded or supported teacher implementation of a different instructional innovation using expectancy-value theory as the theoretical framework. Quantitative data was gathered for this study through an online survey emailed to grade PreK-12 teachers throughout the United States that were trained in Project GLAD. Valid responses to the survey were provided by 173 teachers. The scaled independent variables studied were teacher self-reported perceptions of expectancy, value, cost, and certain types of support surrounding their use of Project GLAD. As in the study by Foley (2011) additional demographic and training independent variables were studied from teacher self-reported data on the survey including the level of Project GLAD training, the recency of Project GLAD training, current grade level taught, years teaching at current grade level, and old degree versus recent degree. The scaled dependent variable studied was teacher general implementation of Project GLAD in their instruction. Data from survey responses was analyzed using descriptive, linear, and multiple linear regression methodology. Teacher levels of expectancy, value and training were found significant positive predictors of general teacher implementation of Project GLAD. Similar to the study by Foley (2011), the findings indicate that increasing the level of particular types of school support to teachers, including coaching and earning higher certifications in Project GLAD will increase their levels of Project GLAD implementation. Areas recommended for further research include teacher implementation of specific Project GLAD strategies, the particular types of support that facilitate implementation, and specific barriers and facilitators to implementation at the secondary grade levels. The use of observational and qualitative methodologies to confirm and expand the findings of this study is also recommended.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Turner Mangan, Michelle
Commitee: McNulty, Anastassia, Safer, L. Arthur
School: Concordia University Chicago
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Educational leadership, Pedagogy
Keywords: English learners, Expectancy-value theory, Instructional innovations, Pedagogy, Project gGLAD, Teacher implementation
Publication Number: 3670609
ISBN: 978-1-321-47488-6
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