A study to determine instructors self-reported instructional strategies which foster science literacy in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) environment

Noseworthy, Mark Joseph (2011) A study to determine instructors self-reported instructional strategies which foster science literacy in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) environment. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This research titled 'A Study to Determine Instructors Self-Reported Instructional Strategies Which Foster Science Literacy in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Environment' is an ethnographic study based on grounded theory principles and research design. The essence of the research was to answer five research questions that would ultimately create a foundation for instructional strategies allowing science instructors to foster science literacy in an EFL environment. The research attempts to conceptualize the research participants' instructional strategies that promote strong science literacy skills. Further to this, consider the complexities that this learning environment inherently offers, where the learning event is occurring in an English environment that is a second language for the learner. The research was designed to generate personal truths that produced common themes as it relates to the five research questions posed in this thesis; what instructional strategies do current post secondary science instructors at one College in Qatar believe foster science literacy in an EFL environment? As well, do science instructors believe that total immersion is the best approach to science literacy in an EFL environment? Is the North American model of teaching/learning science appropriate in this Middle Eastern environment? Are the current modes of teaching/instruction optimizing student's chances of success for science literacy? What do you feel are the greatest challenges for the EFL learner as it relates to science?

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9502
Item ID: 9502
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 173-203.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Qatar
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Qatar; English language--Study and teaching (Higher)--Arabic speakers; English language--Study and teaching (Higher)--Immersion method

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