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Teachers' Perceptions of Policy Influences on Science Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Annis N. Shaver, Cedarville University
  • P. Cuevas
  • O. Lee
  • M. A. Avalos
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-1-2007
Abstract
This study asked elementary school teachers how educational policies affected their science instruction with a majority of English language learners. The study employed a questionnaire followed by focus group interviews with 43 third and fourth grade teachers from six elementary schools in a large urban school district with high populations of English language learners in the southeastern United States. Results indicate that teachers’ opinions concerning all areas of policy evolved as the state enforced stronger measures of accountability during the 2-year period of the study. Although relatively positive regarding standards, their opinions became increasingly negative regarding statewide assessment, and even more so toward accountability measured by reading, writing, and mathematics. The results suggest that it is important to understand how teachers perceive the influence of policies, particularly those relating to English language learners, as science accountability becomes more imminent across the states.
Keywords
  • General science,
  • equity,
  • policy,
  • elementary education
Citation Information
Annis N. Shaver, P. Cuevas, O. Lee and M. A. Avalos. "Teachers' Perceptions of Policy Influences on Science Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students" Journal of Research in Science Teaching Vol. 44 Iss. 5 (2007) p. 725 - 746
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/annis_shaver/19/