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Improving Science and Literacy Learning for English Language Learners: Evidence from a Pre-service Teacher Preparation Intervention*
This article present findings from a pre-service teacher development project that prepared novice teachers to promote English language and literacy development with inquiry-based science through a modified elementary science methods course and professional development for cooperating teachers. Preliminary results indicate that student learning improved across all categories, although the effect varied by category. Furthermore, English Language Learner (ELL) learning gains were on par with nonELLs, with differences across proficiency levels for vocabulary gain scores. Overall, these results offer some promise that the instruction provided by first year elementary teachers )FYTs), and by extension the project’s intervention, can improve ELLs’ science and literacy learning, as well as learning for English only students.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
Possibilities and Limits of Integrating Science and Diversity Education in Preservice Elementary Teacher Preparation
In this article, the authors investigate if preservice teachers that experienced the CFSEP model in their science methods course and teaching practicum demonstrate stronger beliefs and practices in culturally responsive science pedagogy than a comparison group of preservice teachers. The participants were teacher candidates in the intervention group, who received a science methods course and teaching practicum experience that provided guidance in teaching science in culturally and linguistically responsive ways. The authors compare changes between a control group of preservice teachers and those involved in the intervention. The findings reveal that the intervention group increased more than the control group in their beliefs about the efficacy of this practice, which includes teacher’s use of purposeful grouping and sharing authority with students during science investigations.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016