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Rainey, Emily; Moje, Elizabeth Birr – English Education, 2012
We offer this article to support ELA and other subject-area teachers as they think about why disciplinary literacy teaching is important and how to enact it in robust ways. We argue that it is critical for the improvement of students' academic literacy development and overall learning that all teachers and literacy researchers attend to the…
Descriptors: Literacy, Language Arts, Reading Skills, Content Area Reading
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Mayher, John S. – English Education, 2012
This article presents the author's keynote address from the 2011 CEE Summer Conference at Fordham University in which he challenges educators to rethink what they do and how they do it. He talks about English teacher education as literacy teacher education. He tries to sketch a picture of the status quo and its limits, and an alternative picture…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, English Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, English Teachers
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Thomas, P. L. – English Education, 2011
This article argues that ELA teacher candidates and inservice ELA teachers need historical perspectives in their coursework and their practice. Using the life and career of Lou LaBrant, the author examines the value of placing current practice in the context of practice throughout the history of the field of teaching ELA. Patterns examined in…
Descriptors: Educational History, English Instruction, Progressive Education, Educational Research
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Dutro, Elizabeth – English Education, 2011
In this article, the author emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the "hard stuff" of life in literacy classrooms. She considers how difficult experiences--exposed wounds and the "exposing" of wounds--function in literacy classrooms. She is particularly interested in how such experiences, as they enter the public spaces of schools and…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Trauma, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Psychological Patterns
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Fecho, Bob; Collier, Nicole D.; Friese, Elizabeth E. G.; Wilson, Amy Alexandra – English Education, 2010
English teachers and educators of English teachers should work within rather than against the tensions present in their classrooms. For us, nothing could be more key. Until university teacher educators construct and enact classrooms that embrace the dialogical tensions and possibilities within those settings, new and veteran teachers in the…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, English Instruction
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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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Perl, Sondra; Counihan, Beth; McCormack, Tim; Schnee, Emily – English Education, 2007
What does it mean to take a writerly approach to research? Sondra Perl and her co-authors have pondered this question over the past five years as they have each worked with her to design and draft dissertations that combine their work as literacy researchers with their love of writing. Each of them has moved toward storytelling as a compelling and…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Story Telling
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Stockinger, Pamela Crosslin – English Education, 2007
Preservice teachers often enter English language arts teacher preparation courses with untapped fears of writing and teaching writing due to null or bad experiences as K-12 students. In this article, I follow two preservice elementary teachers through a semester long methods course and reveal how they developed positive, clear images of themselves…
Descriptors: Writing Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Simon, Lisa – English Education, 2007
This article describes the results of an inquiry/multigenre project undertaken by students in a literacy foundations course. The project's initial pedagogical goal was to provide pre- and in-service teachers with multiple and engaging opportunities to read and write in areas of their interests. That goal expanded to encompass the critical literacy…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Literacy, Education Courses, Higher Education
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Kaufman, Janet E. – English Education, 2004
In this article, the author features the Family Literacy Center, a service-learning project at the University of Utah's English education program. For the author and her students, Family Literacy Center has become a place to investigate the role of teacher-student or mentor-student relationships in learning and literacy development. The goals of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Service Learning, Methods Courses, Empathy
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Gilles, Carol; Pierce, Kathryn Mitchell – English Education, 2003
In this article, the authors reflect upon their professional "journey through oracy" by offering a review of literature on "talk"--an exploration of the various ways in which "talk" has been explored by theorists and researchers in the last century. By interweaving into this review a collection of reflections on their own published work, the…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Literature Reviews, Literature, Literacy