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Investigating Head Start Teachers' Beliefs about Language and Literacy Practices for English Language Learners (ELLs)

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dc.contributor.advisor White, C. Stephen
dc.contributor.author Orner Young, Wendy L.
dc.creator Orner Young, Wendy L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-09T15:36:30Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-09T15:36:30Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8188
dc.description.abstract A changing classroom population and lack of English as a Second Language or bilingual instruction at the preschool level has required Head Start teachers to teach English language and literacy skills to English Language Learners (ELLs). The purpose of this dissertation was to develop and validate a new scale to measure preschool teachers' beliefs about language and literacy practices for ELLs. The scale was administered to teachers (n=78) and teacher assistants (n=23) at a state Head Start Association Conference. An exploratory factor analysis found three factors, accounting for 44.6% of the scale's total variance. The factors underlying teachers' beliefs about language and literacy practices for ELLs are classroom curriculum and instructional practices, home language and culture, and early literacy strategies. Significant differences in the language and literacy belief scores were found when examining teachers' and teacher assistants' responses. Additional data analysis indicated that the Preschool Teachers' Language and Literacy Beliefs (PTTLB) scale is a valid and reliable instrument for use with classroom teachers. Implications for the use of the PTTLB in professional development are discussed.
dc.format.extent 143 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Wendy L. Orner Young en_US
dc.subject Early childhood education en_US
dc.subject English as a second language en_US
dc.subject Reading instruction en_US
dc.subject English Language Learners en_US
dc.subject Head Start en_US
dc.subject Language and Literacy en_US
dc.subject Teachers' Beliefs en_US
dc.title Investigating Head Start Teachers' Beliefs about Language and Literacy Practices for English Language Learners (ELLs) en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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