Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teachers' attitudes towards English language learners in rural schools implementing sheltered English and English as a Second Language compared to teachers' attitudes in schools with no clearly defined model of language services
by Smith, Mary R., Ed.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2010, 129; 3398175
Abstract (Summary)

The need for accurate information about teachers' attitudes towards ELL student services in low incidence districts is essential. The purpose of this posttest-only comparative efficacy study was to determine elementary ( n = 28) and secondary teachers' (n = 28) reported attitudes on the Survey of Teachers in Rural, Low Incidence ELL School Districts (Reeves, 2006) about (a) general beliefs, (b) practices, (c) impact of inclusion, and (d) teacher supports towards English Language Learners in rural low incidence schools with a dual program model of Sheltered English and English as a Second Language compared to elementary ( n = 28) and secondary teachers' (n = 28) reported attitudes about (a) general beliefs, (b) practices, (c) impact of inclusion, and (d) teacher support towards English Language Learners in schools with no clearly defined model of language services. Null hypothesis were not rejected for teachers' reported attitudes about general beliefs (F(3, 108) = 1.29, p = .28), impact of inclusion, (F(3, 108) = 0.42, p = .74), and teacher supports (F(3, 108) = 1.18, p = .32). However, the null hypothesis was rejected for teachers' reported attitudes about practices (F(3, 108) = 4.82, p = .003). Overall, secondary teachers in schools with no clearly defined model of language services reported resistance to providing service to language diverse students appropriate to second language acquisition provided the greatest source of teachers' reported attitudes about practices post hoc contrast compared to elementary teachers in schools with a dual program model of Sheltered English and English as a Second Language and elementary teachers in rural schools with no clearly defined model of language services. Implications for professional development are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hill, John W.
Commitee: Dlugosh, Larry L., Grandgenett, Neal F., Keiser, Kay A.
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Department: Educational Administration and Supervision
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: English as a Second Language, School administration
Keywords: Compared to no language services, English as a Second Language, English language learners, Rural schools, Sheltered English, Teachers' attitudes
Publication Number: 3398175
ISBN: 9781109710717
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