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Research Statement

I research ways to improve educational practices for multilingual immigrant children. My research is guided by the view of language as a resource (rather than a deficiency) for effectively teaching immigrant learners. I have conducted research on the validity and fairness of assessments administered to these learners and their teachers and investigated ways to provide opportunities for immigrant children to demonstrate their funds of knowledge in assessments and classrooms. As the lead author of influential papers, I have argued that teachers need to develop specialized knowledge base and set of skills in order for the work of teaching to attend to the translanguaging practices of the multilingual learners. Current research project examines the development of formative simulated classroom environments for educating science teachers to teach immigrant children. I have nine years of teaching experience in higher education and foreign language contexts with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Research Interests

My academic background is in language teaching and teacher education. My research focuses on promoting bilinguals/multilinguals’ participation and engagement in the formal and informal processes of schooling and other sociocultural landscapes through drawing on bilinguals/multilinguals’ linguistic and cultural capital. I am primarily influenced by Bakhtinian and Vygotskyan perspectives to research languaging practices, linguistic and cultural identity formations, and the work of learning to teach students with rich languaging backgrounds and practices. 

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Research Output

Proposing a knowledge base for teaching academic content to english language learners: Disciplinary linguistic knowledge

Turkan, S., De Oliveira, L. C., Lee, O. & Phelps, G., 2014, In : Teachers College Record. 116, 3

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  • 50 Citations (Scopus)

    That Child Is a Yellow: New Immigrant Children's Conceptions of English Language, Literacy, and Learners' Identities in the NCLB Era

    Turkan, S. & DaSilva Iddings, A. C., 01 Oct 2012, In : Theory Into Practice. 51, 4, p. 273-280 8 p.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Exploring the use of translanguaging to measure the mathematics knowledge of emergent bilingual students

    Lopez, A. A., Guzman-Orth, D. & Turkan, S., 24 Apr 2019, In : Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts. 5, 2, p. 143-164 22 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Using Pictorial Glossaries as an Accommodation for English Learners: An Exploratory Study

    Turkan, S., Lopez, A., Lawless, R. & Tolentino, F., 03 Jul 2019, In : Educational Assessment. 24, 3, p. 235-265 31 p.

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  • Prizes

    AERA Abedi-Thurlow Paper Award

    Turkan, Sultan (Recipient) & Alexis A. Lopez (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)