Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reading strategies to support home-to-school connections used by teachers of English language learners
by Mendoza, Socorro, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 152; 3734401
Abstract (Summary)

This particularistic qualitative case study design examined reading strategies, approaches, and resources teachers of ELL students in kindergarten through third grade use to support reading development and promote the home to school connection regarding literacy proficiency. The purpose of this study was to examine strategies, resources, and approaches used to support home-to-school partnerships focused on reading development of K-3 ELLs in the X Public School District. Data analysis resulted in six emergent themes consisting of 22 teacher interviews. The first finding in this study that was revealed through teacher interviews identified guided reading, visual aides, reader’s theater, and modeling/oral reading fluency as strategies that contribute to ELLs reading proficiency. In the second finding, teachers identified inviting parents to volunteer in the classroom, sending home a reading log that helps track the students’ reading at home, and inviting parent participation in extracurricular activities as approaches to encourage partnerships regarding reading development of ELLs. The results of this study provided recommendations for educational leaders to provide teachers specific professional development to encourage parent participation to focus on increasing students’ reading development that is tailored to the students’ and caregivers’ language needs. For future research, it is recommended that the study be replicated using different school districts to determine if similar findings were consistent across different districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sisk, Grant
Commitee: Deering, Thomas, Heck, Marsha
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Elementary education, Literacy, Reading instruction
Keywords: English language learners, Parental involvement, Parental support, Primary reading strategies, Reading strategies, Teacher parent relationships
Publication Number: 3734401
ISBN: 978-1-339-22991-1
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