Quality content teaching for multilingual students: An international examination of excellence in instructional practices in four countries

Kara Mitchell Viesca*, Annela Teemant, Jenni Alisaari, Johanna Ennser-Kananen, Naomi Flynn, Svenja Hammer, Ratha Perumal, Sara Routarinne

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Abstract

Observations of Pedagogical Excellence of Teaching Across Nations (OPETAN) is a mixed methods observation study of 31 content teachers, most nominated for their excellence in teaching multilingual students in Germany, Finland, the US, and England. The study relied on an observation rubric that operationalizes seven Enduring Principles of Learning grounded in critical sociocultural theory and pedagogy. Findings revealed excellent teachers emphasize complex thinking, language use, and modeling. Teacher use of small groups, contextualization, and equity-focused practices were areas of potential growth. International research holds promise for understanding and improving K-12 content teaching and teacher education for teachers of multilingual learners.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103649
Number of pages14
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume113
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Multilingual education
  • Teacher practice
  • Observation research
  • Sociocultural theory
  • Critical theory

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