Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Gayle J. Luze
This article is a comprehensive review of both evidence-based and recommended practices for preschool environments. As well as a study that examined teachers' use of six teaching strategies during large group time and the effects of the strategies on children's engagement in 30 Head Start classrooms with children learning English. How the elements of classroom environment, aspects of language development, and teaching strategies can best be used to teach English learners are discussed. Understanding the significance of effective learning environments is essential as the number of English learning children in the school system, especially in preschools, is increasing. More research is needed to determine if other teaching strategies not examined in this study influence children's engagement, especially ELs', if teachers modify their use of teaching strategies during the school year in accordance with the children's language development, and how the physical classroom environment can be utilized to create the optimal learning environments for all children.
Worthington, Emily, "Effective learning environments in preschools" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10534.