Effective Learning Outcomes of ESL Elementary and Secondary School Students Utilizing Educational Technology Infused with Constructivist Pedagogy
Lee, Rebecca, International Journal of Instructional Media
The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential of educational technology infused with constructivist pedagogy in ESL (English as a Second Language) classrooms and to explore alternatives for schools that lack advanced technological learning tools.
IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
According to the U. S. Department of Education: Office of English Language Acquisition (2002), limited English proficient (LEP) K-12 enrollment has increased by 95% from 1991-2002 (Table 1). Furthermore, the ethnic and linguistic diversity in the student population has become a challenge for teachers. As a result of the increasing LEP student population and the diversity among the students, a major debate among educators on how to best instruct non-English speaking students began. Is there another alternative to the "chalk and talk" method (Adkins-Bowling et al., 2001)?
Currently, technology is vital for full participation in the economic, political, and social life in the United States. Therefore, schools must provide all students with the opportunity to become familiarized with technology and acquire the skills necessary to become efficient contributors to society (Adkins-Bowling et al., 2001).
CELA Research Study: Teacher Selection
Over a period of two years, the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA) conducted a research study emphasizing the role of technology in an ESL (English as a Second Language) program (Meskill et al., 1999). The researchers (Meskill et al., 1999) chose two teachers from Indian River Central School District, in New York, based on the exit rates of ESL students in the district, length of time technology has been in place, and the teachers' expertise in ESL instruction and training in technology. Both teachers, that were selected, held Master's Degrees in Elementary Education and have had extensive training in technology.
Indian River Central School District's Commitment
Indian River Central School District's extreme commitment to technology integration in the ESL program is self-evident. Through the school district's generous grants the ESL teachers are able to receive continuing education through in-service workshops and a district instructional technology curriculum specialist. The funds are also used for purchasing equipment for labs, libraries, and classrooms. "Unlike many other school districts that view technology as a …
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Publication information: Article title: Effective Learning Outcomes of ESL Elementary and Secondary School Students Utilizing Educational Technology Infused with Constructivist Pedagogy. Contributors: Lee, Rebecca - Author. Journal title: International Journal of Instructional Media. Volume: 33. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2006. Page number: 87+. © 1999 Westwood Press, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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