Supporting Practitioner Inquiry in Teacher Education: Opportunities and Challenges in ESOL Contexts

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https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.116

Abstract

Formal preparation and professional development with an explicit focus on the teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is essential. Thus, teacher preparation programs play a vital role in meeting this pressing need. Practitioner inquiry has the potential to be a powerful anchor in clinical field experiences for teacher candidates working with emergent bilingual/multilingual students (EB). The purpose of this paper is to present practitioner inquiry as a promising pedagogical practice for teacher education, drawing from examples of implementation in an elementary, preservice teacher preparation program that leads to state credentialing in ESOL. Opportunities and challenges related to the use of this practice with teacher candidates, as well as recommendations, are discussed.

Keywords
practitioner inquiry, professional development, teacher education, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), bilingual/multilingual students

Author Biographies

Lindsey A. Chapman, University of Florida

Dr. Lindsey A. Chapman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; email l.chapman@coe.ufl.edu; ORCID 0000-0001-7515-5013

Chelsea T. Morris, University of West Georgia

Dr. Chelsea T. Morris, Assistant Professor, Department of Literacy and Special Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA; email cmorris@westga.edu; ORCID 0000-0002-4266-5559

Katherine B. Green, University of West Georgia

Dr. Katherine B. Green, Associate Professor, Department of Literacy and Special Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA; email kbgreen@westga.edu; ORCID 0000-0001-8280-5061

Practitioner Inquiry in ESOL Contexts (Chapman et al., 2021)

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2021-07-30

How to Cite

Chapman, L., Morris, C., & Green, K. (2021). Supporting Practitioner Inquiry in Teacher Education: Opportunities and Challenges in ESOL Contexts. GATESOL Journal, 31(1), 36–46. https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.116

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Pedagogical Practices, Programs, Policy, and Perspectives