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Hones, Donald F.; Alderton, Elizabeth – Multicultural Education, 2017
One of the pressing issues facing public schools in the United States is the challenge of providing a quality education to English Learners (ELs). The vast majority of the teachers licensed at the authors' institution graduate with very little knowledge of how to work successfully with EL students. The need to prepare all teachers for work with…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Quality, English Language Learners, Teacher Competencies
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Ramirez, Pablo C.; Gonzales-Galindo, Darlene; Roy, Brittani – Multicultural Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to chronicle the manner in which a cohort of pre-service teachers, during their one-year residency, used an English learner (EL) project to better understand secondary ELs, thus informing their emerging teaching practices and promoting reflexivity in their praxis and ideologies. This one-year study documented the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, English Language Learners, Preservice Teachers, Urban Schools
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Georgis, Rebecca; Gokiert, Rebecca J.; Ford, Donna Mae; Ali, Mulki – Multicultural Education, 2014
Parental engagement in education has proven to be important to children's academic success. Research suggests that when parents are involved in their children's schooling, children tend to be motivated learners, have high educational aspirations, get good grades, and experience a sense of school belonging (Cheung & Pomerantz, 2012; Hill et…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Parent Participation, Cultural Pluralism, School Community Relationship
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Alamillo, Laura A.; Arenas, Rosie – Multicultural Education, 2012
This article first sets the context by recalling a study conducted by Alamillo (2004) at a California elementary school. That study examined culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy in the classroom through the use of Chicano children's literature. Both the text and the illustrations found in recent publications and the role they played…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Mexican Americans, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Childrens Literature
Nykiel-Herbert, Barbara – Multicultural Education, 2010
To learn productively and experience academic success, students need access to curricula and instructional approaches that are "culturally relevant" and "culturally responsive". Culturally relevant/responsive pedagogy uses "cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes" and thus "empowers students…
Descriptors: Intervention, Academic Failure, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
Klein, Ana Maria – Multicultural Education, 2008
This article focuses on the instructional needs of newcomers to the North American classrooms who already speak one or more foreign languages and who are coping with classroom-related language issues. It taps into positive instructional strategies that are culturally-validating and welcoming for these students. Inspired by an invited Oxford Round…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Parenting Styles, English (Second Language), Immigrants
Amaral, Olga Maia; Garrison, Leslie – Multicultural Education, 2007
This study examined the effects of a professional development program for teachers of social sciences for English learners. Results from pre- and post-measures of social sciences content indicated greater improvement in student achievement in these areas when scores from students from teachers who had gone through the training were compared with…
Descriptors: Limited English Speaking, Social Sciences, Faculty Development, English (Second Language)
Feger, Mary-Virginia – Multicultural Education, 2006
Spanish was the first language of the majority of the author's 9th and 10th grade students who came from the Caribbean and Central and South America. Parents often worked late hours, and many students were employed, or had family responsibilities after school. Based on the realities of their lives, her students' engagement in reading was…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Grade 10, Culturally Relevant Education, Reading Instruction