Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


College of Education



Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Mark E. Jimenez, Ed.D.

Content Specialist

Angela Smith, Ed.D.

Content Reader

John Mendes, Ed.D.


bilingual, dual language enrichment instruction, indigenous language, teacher training, teacher efficacy, language acquisition, ethnographic research, heritage language, value added bi-literacy, teacher agency, Yup’ik education


This dissertation in teacher leadership represents original, independent research that investigated bilingual language instruction of an indigenous Alaskan group of students. Ethnographic research using qualitative and quantitative data was applied to develop an understanding of correlations between the value of English and Yup’ik language and dual language classroom protocol and pedagogy. This research included cultural insight into the history of language transition, influence of Westernized educational system, and teachers’ and community members’ attitudes toward bilingual instruction. Dual language enrichment model instruction and teacher efficacy in dual language pedagogy were assessed based upon 3rd grade student reading proficiency outcomes. Observational and interview data provided insight into factors affecting language instruction.

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