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Supporting K-12 English Language Learners in Science

Putting Research into Teaching Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Cory Buxton, Martha Allexsaht-Snider


250 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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The contribution of this book is to synthesize important common themes and highlight the unique features, findings, and lessons learned from three systematic, ongoing research and professional learning projects for supporting English learners in science. Each project, based in a different region of the U.S. and focused on different age ranges and target populations, actively grapples with the linguistic implications of the three-dimensional learning required by the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Each chapter provides research-based recommendations for improving the teaching of science to English learners. Offering insights into teacher professional learning as well as strategies for measuring and monitoring how well English learners are learning science and language, this book tells a compelling and inclusive story of the challenges and the opportunities of teaching science to English learners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – Teaching science to emergent bilingual learners: Research and practice at the intersection of science and language learning Cory A. Buxton & Martha Allexsaht-Snider Part 1: P-SELL: Promoting Science among English Language Learners 2. Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) Model: Curricular and Professional Development Intervention in Elementary Science Instruction with a Focus on English Language Learners Okhee Lee, Corey O'Connor & Alison Haas 3. Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) Research and Evaluation: Measures and Outcomes with Students and Teachers Jaime Maerten-Rivera, Lorena Llosa & Okhee Lee 4. Promoting Science among English Language Learners: Challenges in implementing and evaluating the impact of a large-scale intervention Lorena Llosa, Jaime Maerten-Rivera & Christopher Van Booven Part 2: LISELL-B: Language-rich Inquiry Science with English Language Learners through Biotechnology 5. Reassembling science teacher-educator professional learning in the LISELL-B project Cory A. Buxton, Martha Allexsaht-Snider, Regina Suriel, Shakhnoza Kayumova, Elif Karsli, & Rouhollah Aghasaleh 6. Using teacher logs to study project enactment and support professional learning in the LISELL-B project Linda Caswell, Gabe Schwartz, Daphne Minner, Martha Allexsaht-Snider & Cory A. Buxton 7. The Value of Theory and Practice in the Context of the LISELL-B Project: Examples of Plug-Ins Shakhnoza Kayumova, Rouhollah Aghasaleh & Max Vazquez Part 3: ESTELL: Effective Science Teaching for English Language Learners 8. Promoting English Language Learner Pedagogy in Science with Elementary School Teachers: The ESTELL Model of Pre-service Teacher Education Trish Stoddart 9. Capturing Pre-Service Teachers’ Enactment of Amplified Science Instruction for English Language Learners Marco Bravo, Jorge Solís & Eduardo Mosqueda 10. Capitalizing on the Synergistic Possibilities between Language, Culture, and Science Jorge Solís, Marco Bravo & Eduardo Mosqueda Conclusions 11. Crosscutting findings and recommendations for research and practice in teaching science with emergent bilingual learners Martha Allexsaht-Snider, Cory A. Buxton, Yainitza Hernandez Rodriguez, Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso, Allan Cohen & Zhenqui Lu

About the Editors

Cory A. Buxton is Athletic Association Professor of Education, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, USA.

Martha Allexsaht-Snider is Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, USA.

About the Series

Teaching and Learning in Science Series

The Teaching and Learning in Science Series brings together theoretical and practical scholarship emanating from a wide range of research approaches and paradigms on an equally wide variety of topics.

International concerns about the quality of the teaching and learning of science continue to increase across countries, states, provinces, and local communities with each round of international assessments. During a period of expansive reform in science education, it is especially important that the most current research in areas of critical concern be synthesized for use by both practitioners and researchers.

Proposals for authored or edited books are encouraged that address research and practice in the teaching and learning of science and/or any aspects of the current reforms in science education. The primary focus is the theoretical and practical importance of the problem being investigated. Equal consideration will be given to theoretically oriented and practitioner-oriented proposals. It is hoped that this series will generate as many critical questions as answers it may provide. Themes for prospective manuscripts may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • the practicality of scientific literacy
  • science for "all" in urban and rural settings
  • scientific inquiry
  • nature of science
  • student misconceptions
  • conceptual change
  • teacher education
  • curriculum development
  • educational policy
  • high stakes testing
  • alternative teacher certification
  • apprenticeship models
  • curriculum integration
  • problem-based learning
  • special needs students and science reforms
  • teacher knowledge and beliefs
  • informal science education
  • classroom discourse
  • professional development
  • teacher/scientist collaborations
  • technology integration
  • equity and diversity within a climate of change

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language