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A Research to Investigate the Implications of Implementing a Dual-Language Program in Public Schools in Connecticut
by Vázquez Matos, Alberto, Ph.D., Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), 2020, 154; 28258783
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the current shortage of certified dual-language and bilingual teachers at dual-language programs. Currently, there exist problems surrounding the wider implementation of dual-language education programs as a result of the widespread teacher shortages, which has been shown in the literature to drastically hinder the expansion as well as the maintenance of current dual-language programs in addition to implementation in schools where such programs may not yet exist. Using a sample of 10 public school administrators from a school district in Connecticut, a case study research design devised under an interpretive lens was used in order to derive the overarching patterns and themes shedding light into the various complexities that confronted administrators while sourcing for dual-language instructors, their overall perceptions of the programs, and their suggestions regarding any pedagogical improvements that can be yielded based on the teacher preparation systems. The emergent themes consisted of the administrators’ challenges surrounding: (1) gaining and maintaining teacher commitment, (2) recruiting and retaining qualified teachers, (3) tension between dual-language and traditional teachers, (4) principals’ making the well-informed commitment to dual-language programs, and (5) establishing teacher-preparation programs dedicated to instruction in the dual-language setting. The findings of this suggest that, in light of the persisting teacher shortages throughout the United States, the five areas identified can be instrumental in informing school administrators on where to explore for recruitment with new teachers and to offer additional incentives and support systems to assist them in feeling more comfortable on the job.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Alicia-Castillo, Jennifer
Commitee: Velez, Natalia, Correa, Lisbel
School: Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- Puerto Rico
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Language, Teacher education, Bilingual education
Keywords: Dual-language program, Public school, Teacher shortage
Publication Number: 28258783
ISBN: 9798557032384
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