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MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education


This study looked at the transitioning of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students from the English Language Learner's (ELL's) classroom to the mainstream or general education classroom. The primary focus was to observe students from one elementary grade (3rd grade) who are part of an English Language Learner (ELL) program and compare their development the following year (4th grade) after transitioning to the mainstream classroom. The primary subject area dealt with was Mathematics, specifically, word problems. These students that moved from the ELL classroom were studied to look for the progress, or lack of progress, by students who subsequently moved to the general education classroom. There appears to be limited studies done on this aspect of educational transitioning. By attempting to understand what occurred it is hoped to make future transitions a positive step in student growth.