Epistemological Shifts in Empowering Teachers’ Actions: Three Action Research Case Studies. Luz C arime Bersh, Ph. D. National Louis University April 14 th 2012. Meta analysis of the study that explored three teachers’ A.R. projects as vehicles to support literacy in at-risk students.
Luz Carime Bersh, Ph. D.
National Louis University
April 14th 2012
Native Nicaraguan teacher working with a large population of ELL and Hispanic students, who are below grade-level in English reading and writing. Strategies include parental involvement, integrating multicultural children’s literature and using bilingual methods to improve English vocabulary and comprehension. Fostering her students’ pride and continuous cultivation of their cultural heritage are of paramount importance.
African-American teacher working with culturally diverse at-risk students at a charter school. Strategies include developing literacy skills by engaging students with culturally relevant literature, role-playing and interview delivery formats.
White veteran teacher of Spanish, working in one of the most vulnerable areas: High percentage of African American, Hispanic and economically impoverished students. Utilizes Podcasts to encourage reading supporting students’ development of literacy skills in technology media, Spanish and English.
Colombian, Latina, first language: Spanish, Critical Feminist Pedagogy, Humanist, Constructivist.
Epistemological shifts: vulnerable areas: High percentage of African American, Hispanic and economically impoverished students. Utilizes Podcasts to encourage reading supporting students’ development of literacy skills in technology media, Spanish and English.
Students' well-being, achievement, self-efficacy
Inspire teachers to emancipatory action
Improvement classroom practices
Desire professional improvement