Interview with Janet Eckerson, 2016 DiP Award, Honorable Mention and Ted Hamman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The two videos below are a ‘trailer’-version and complete version of an interview with Dr. Janet Eckerson (EdD, 2015, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) discussing her dissertation—Teacher Perspectives on Professional Development Needs for Better Serving Nebraska’s Spanish Heritage Language Learners—which was recognized with an ‘honorable mention’ by CPED in 2016 for the dissertation of the year. The interview facilitated by Dr. Edmund ‘Ted’ Hamann, who supervised Janet’s work, recounts the evolution of Janet’s problem of practice as she, a high school Spanish teacher in a small Nebraska district, wondered if the ways she was differentiating instruction for heritage-language-learners (HLLs) were appropriate and supported by research. Her problem of practice became a research problem and then went full circle to become the undergirding rationale for new professional development practice.
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