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Johnson, Janet D. – English Education, 2012
This critical ethnographic study explores how two teacher candidates in English education used specific and varied literacy practices to enact their social justice priorities at a troubled high school in a high-need district. Data include interviews before and after the student teaching experience; observations of teaching, blogs, journals, and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teacher Education, Web Sites, Ethnography
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Meth, Jessica Matthews; Azano, Amy – English Education, 2012
This article examines the outcomes of an eight-month professional development initiative, designed to support six Writing Project teachers' classroom inquiry projects, each focused on improving an aspect of student writing. We begin by introducing the genesis of these classroom research projects as well as the structure and content of the support…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Professional Development, Writing Improvement, Classroom Techniques
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Certo, Janine L.; Apol, Laura; Wibbens, Erin; Hawkins, Lisa K. – English Education, 2012
In this article, we argue that preservice teachers have limited experience reading and writing poetry, and that if they are to teach poetry in meaningful ways to their future students, they need to have compelling experiences with poetry in teacher education--ones that take into account their former experiences and incoming dispositions and that…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Qualitative Research, Poets
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Bender-Slack, Delane – English Education, 2010
Delane Bender-Slack takes on the important subject of teaching for social justice. Her article's strength is in its uncompromising look at complex, often misinterpreted teaching challenges. This article focuses on actual teachers working for social justice in their classrooms. Working from a strong theoretical framework, she pushes us in new…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Change, Language Arts, English Teachers
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Kinloch, Valerie – English Education, 2009
Valerie Kinloch describes how the literacy narratives around place-making by Phillip, an African American teenager who resides in this historic community, demonstrate complexities of confronting power, struggle, and identity within an out-of-school community that is rapidly becoming gentrified. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Literacy, African Americans, Adolescents, High School Students
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Johnson, Amy S. – English Education, 2008
This life history study focuses on a group of European-American, female preservice teachers and how they have learned literacy across contexts within their lives. Specifically, I examined these teachers' "literacy stories" or stories they told about their own learning to read, write, and interpret texts, looking closely at how they used narrative…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Metalinguistics, Didacticism
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Jocson, Korina M. – English Education, 2005
June Jordan, a prolific and most-published African American essayist and poet and a professor in the African American Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley, ventured to challenge the institutionalized Ivory Tower traditions and subsequently established a university program called Poetry for the People (P4P) in 1991. Such…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teaching Methods, Poetry, Intervention