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Volume 38, Issue 1 (2009)

Journal Coverage of Issues Related to English Language Learners Across Student-Service Professions

pp. 121—134

Abstract. The number of students who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) is increasing within schools across the United States. Thus, it is important that school professionals have access to information regarding research-based assessment, prevention, and intervention practices that reflect the appropriate provision of services to this population. This study examined peer-reviewed articles published between 1995 and 2005 to explore the extent to which issues related to ELL students are examined in school psychology journals as compared to professional counseling, special education, and speech-language journals. Results revealed that each of the journals examined are publishing articles related to ELL students. The number and percentage of articles addressing issues related to ELL students in school psychology is relatively small (n = 113; 6.5%). Furthermore, the majority of the school psychology ELL articles had an incidental focus on ELL issues, and over 50% of these focused on assessment or eligibility issues.

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