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Title:How to better retain teachers in one-way K-12 language immersion programs
Author(s):Blair, Collin
Director of Research:Cope, Bill
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cope, Bill
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Kalantzis, Mary; Montebello, Matthew; Pak, Yoon
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):language immersion
teacher retention
bilingual education
one-way immersion
content-based instruction
multicultural education
foreign language studies
Abstract:Language immersion education is a dream of the 1960s and 70s that has repeatedly found a way to reinvent itself and continue to survive. It not only brings language and culture to classrooms in all corners and cross-sections of society, but it raises the academic capital of the students who are a part of it. Also, as this study aims to promote, it is a part of the fabric of the school, school district to which it belongs, and the greater community of citizens that surrounds it. Very important to that school and overall community are the teachers who dedicate their professional lives to the biliteracy and biculturalism of their students, though it comes with additional costs. K-12 immersion schools, especially their teachers, are often pulled in many directions. Consequently, the quality of curricular instruction can become suspect at times (Tedick & Young, 2018). Though the legitimacy of these programs is quite obvious in border and multicultural communities where both languages (i.e. Spanish and English) are very prevalent on the streets of the community, the programs face wavering support in places with a more monolingual culture (i.e. the U.S. Midwest, western Canada) (Rocque, 2014). One-way immersion programs are an understudied part of immersion education that has become more prevalent, and this researcher argues, needed around the globe. Hence, the main focus of this research study is on one-way language immersion programs, its talented reservoir of teachers, and the stressors that most affect them and the ability to retain them in immersion education.
Issue Date:2020-11-30
Rights Information:© 2020 Collin Blair
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-05
Date Deposited:2020-12

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