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Preservice and inservice teachers' attitudes toward English as a second language and limited English proficiency students.


An important yet little understood question is, "What factors influence preservice and inservice teachers' attitudes toward diversity?" This question is important because the current and future teaching forces will be affected greatly by the problem of managing diverse student populations in classrooms. More specifically, current demographic data suggests that preservice and inservice teachers' backgrounds do not match those of their students. Research has also shown that teachers' experiences and attitudes toward diverse learners influence their ability to create effective instruction for learners. However, research has been unclear in helping us understand teachers' attitudes toward ESL/LEP students specifically. Thus, the purpose of the study was to examine preservice and inservice teachers' attitudes toward ESL students, as well as the factors that influence these attitudes.