Francis Bailey is the Director of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Master’s program at the University of Kentucky. Francis has a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts. His primary educational focus is on issues in teaching English language learners in and outside of the United States. He has conducted research on second language acquisition and the challenges faced by culturally and linguistically diverse students due to differences between home (and community) ways of learning and knowing and the academic and social demands of schools. Francis has become increasingly interested in the ways that the cognitive sciences can inform our understanding of classroom learning.
Francis has conducted qualitative research on classroom learning, both in the US and internationally. His publications include research on Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment program, topics on sociocultural perspectives on learning and teaching, and research on Nigerian primary school education. Francis attempts to bring a perspective on educational issues that is informed by research and theory on both the cultural nature of learning and the diverse cognitive processes of learners.
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