Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Julia Roberts, Tyler, Clark, Mary Evans

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


This study explored teacher perceptions of English language learners and giftedness. High school content teachers participated in an interview identifying behaviors that indicate advanced abilities from a series of three vignettes about English language learners. A total of four participants were interviewed. The four emergent themes were (1) critical thinking (2) rate of language acquisition, (3) motivation, and (4) use of language. The themes were behaviors that teachers perceived as demonstrating potential or demonstrating limited potential for advanced learning in English language learners.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Gifted Education | Special Education and Teaching