Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Dr. Xioadi Zhou

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Jewett

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra Musanti


The interconnectedness of the world today through advanced technology and travel allows students exposure to a diverse cultural landscape. Combined with a fast-changing computer technology-driven education, and culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, there cannot be just one way to teach and learn. This study explored the perspective of ESL teachers on translanguaging pedagogy in supporting the literacy engagement of emergent bilingual (EB) students in an urban elementary charter school in Texas. Through Participatory Action Research (PAR), data was collected from three ESL teacher participants using the spiral-action cycle. Findings that emerged included (a) intrinsic motivation that translanguaging pedagogy support emergent bilingual students; (b) uncertainty and excitement during planning and instruction; (c) teacher gaining knowledge of EB’s languages; and (d) teacher enthusiasm on translanguaging fueled by high student engagement. The findings of this study are relevant not just for teachers, but also for school administrators since participatory action research has not previously investigated translanguaging from a school principal's viewpoint using PAR.


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