Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Curriculum & Instruction
The increased number of English language learners in the general education classroom created the need for teachers to be knowledgeable about how to instruct and support English language learners. Due to the minimal extant literature related to K-12 teachers’ preparedness and training, specifically regarding English language learners, the purpose of this qualitative, interpretive study was to examine the perceptions of Tennessee K-12 teachers related to preparedness and training to provide instruction and support to English language learners in the general education classroom. I emailed the questionnaire to 63 potential participants and received questionnaire responses from 44 (69.84%) K-12 teachers. I analyzed the data using open, axial, and selective coding to generate three themes for my first research question and two themes for my second research question. K-12 teachers believed college coursework fell short of providing strategies, knowledge, and skills on instruction to English language learners in the general education classroom. Teacher preparedness could be improved with additional coursework and focused professional development related to English language learners in the general education classroom. Results also included K-12 teachers reported the need for more professional development to feel adequately prepared to provide instruction and support to English language learners.
English Language Learners, ELL, General Educators, Professional Development
Doxsee, Rebecca, "K-12 TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF PREPAREDNESS AND TRAINING TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS" (2023). Ed.D. Dissertations. 54.
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education Commons, Disability and Equity in Education Commons, Educational Methods Commons, Elementary Education Commons, Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Higher Education and Teaching Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Secondary Education Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons