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2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ESL617 Researching Critical Issues of English Language Learners (2 cr.)

In this course ESL master’s degree candidates integrate their knowledge of current practices and policies in education of English learners with an understanding of historical and contemporary underlying immigration issues in American society.  Candidates choose a topic of interest to research in depth to demonstrate their ability to evaluate the role of schools as organizations within the larger community and the political context for integration of English learners in American society. This course includes an overview of research topics, including data collection, analysis, research ethics, as well as a focus on the following methodologies: action research, narrative inquiry, survey research, case studies, ethnographies, and discourse analysis.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Synthesize current policies regarding services to English learners with knowledge of past and current trends.
  2. Demonstrate the value of critical thinking and self-directed learning.
  3. Develop research questions or hypotheses related to policies that impact services to English learners.
  4. Create a written research proposal.
  5. Write a literature review investigating a particular ESL topic.
  6. Use APA style correctly.

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