Feb 11 2019

Marcine M Adams Doctoral Dissertation Defense

February 11, 2019

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Room 3015, ETMSW Building


1040 W. Harrison, Chicago, IL 60607

Title:  Altering Teachers Perceptions of Emergent Bilinguals Learning through Action Research

Committee Chair:  Dr. Aria Razfar

Date:  Monday, February 11, 2019

Time:  11:00am – 1:00pm

Location:  Room 3015, ETMSW Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.


This mixed methods case study explored two second grade classroom teacher’s transformative informal assessment practices through participating in an action research project. The researcher analyzed how teachers used different research methods and tools to both plan for and assess their classroom practice and student learning. A key feature of this study includes a transformative action research model to its teacher development linking literacy, mathematics, and science with a sociocultural framework for teaching and learning; providing a way to promote active and informative assessment practices for educators. This promotion of active and informative assessment practices for educators assists in altering their ideas of what learning is for Emergent Bilinguals (EBs). This study leads to an opportunity to provide a better understanding of how to implement and apply cutting-edge principles of learning and development to collaboratively design curricular activities based on students' Funds of Knowledge, Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), and a collectively understood community problem. The findings of this study provide a strong argument for more professional development for teachers and resources for their EBs, in addition to alterations in the way in which we view student learning in the classroom. Furthermore, this study’s findings indicate and reinforce the important role teachers play in planning and creating the classroom curriculum.


Elise Wilson

Date posted

Feb 4, 2019

Date updated

Feb 4, 2019