An Exploration of the Perspectives of Mainstream Primary Class Teachers on Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language

  • Elma Shalloo

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis is written as three papers: a review paper, an empirical paper, and a critical appraisal paper. The review paper will outline key research in the area of mainstream class teachers’ perspectives on supporting children learning English as an additional language. Previous research is critically appraised prior to a synthesis of themes emerging. The context for the current study is set against the backdrop of previous research.

The empirical paper will outline the current research and its findings. It begins with an abstract providing a brief overview of the study’s method, results and conclusions. This is followed by a selective and focused review of the literature and a reflection on key concepts and considerations for the research under discussion. The methods section follows detailing each stage of the process. The findings of the study are reported together with data extracts to illustrate themes. The chapter closes with an examination of the research questions in the light of the results obtained and discussion of the implications of the findings.

The final chapter provides a critical appraisal of the research. The researcher engages in critical reflection of the research design and a discussion of strengths and limitations. Implications for practice and future directions for research are also considered. This chapter concludes with the researcher’s personal reflections regarding the research process.
Date of AwardDec 2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorBridgeen O'Neill (Supervisor)

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