Effects of a rapidly rising immigrant population on an elementary school: A case study

Mary Kathleen Kester, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to examine conditions of school climate, academics, physical plant space, classroom procedures, teaching styles, and teacher concerns at a local elementary school with a growing immigrant population. This qualitative study was done through classroom observations and teacher interviews at a Nashville, Tennessee, elementary school. Findings showed a positive, open school climate in spite of overcrowded plant space. Contrary to teacher perceptions, positive academic outcomes were evidenced by reported achievement test scores. Of a variety of teaching styles and procedures reported, the most successful included hands-on activities, peer tutoring, and one-on-one instruction. Findings in the literature review supported the use of these procedures. Recommendations were made for a longitudinal study on the success rate of these second language students in subsequent schools and in job placements.

Subject Area

Bilingual education|Multicultural education|Elementary education

Recommended Citation

Mary Kathleen Kester, "Effects of a rapidly rising immigrant population on an elementary school: A case study" (1997). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9806340.