Dr. Deborah Palmer's research interests include ethnography and discourse analysis in diverse multilingual settings; bilingual education programs, policy and practice; dual language/two-way immersion education; and bilingual teacher leadership/agency. In particular, Dr. Palmer examines issues of race and class in bilingual settings, and the impact of critical awareness of teachers on mitigating hegemonic discourses. She also explores various ways to open equitable spaces/opportunities in the discourse for learning for linguistically diverse children in school. She is interested in how bilingual children can be positioned or position themselves in academically powerful ways within a classroom.
EDUC 5615 - Second Language Acquisition
Presents a broad survey of second-language acquisition research. Stresses theoretical concerns and research findings and practical applications to teaching second languages. Gives special emphasis to second-language acquisition.
EDUC 8730 - Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
Requires students begin semester with qualitative data already collected (from class project, pilot study, dissertation). Instructors present diverse methods of analyzing data and writing about interpretations. Instructors customize part of course to address specific topic of expertise, e.g., discourse analysis, video analysis, textual analysis, ethnographic analysis. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.