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Haddix, Marcelle; Price-Dennis, Detra – English Education, 2013
Discussions of urban fiction and multicultural literature hold great potential for transforming the practice of beginning English teachers in diverse school settings. In this article, the authors, both teacher educators of color, present two case studies of preparing middle- and secondary-level English educators from a diversities perspective.…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Urban Areas, Fiction, Beginning Teachers
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Wolfe, Paula – English Education, 2010
This case reflects a yearlong project I, as the instructor of an Advanced Methods course, conducted with my students to help them plan and implement critical literacy units in their high school and middle school student teaching placements. To do so, I assigned student teachers to explore notions of critical literacy (including resistant reading,…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Fisher, Maisha T.; Purcell, Susie Spear; May, Rachel – English Education, 2009
This article examines relationships among process, product, and playmaking in a southeastern playwriting and performance program for teen girls, Playmaking for Girls (PFG). The authors have chosen to focus on tensions between process and product. Such tensions are present in the challenges teachers experience when privileging student-centered…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Playwriting, Creative Writing, Program Effectiveness
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Dong, Yu Ren – English Education, 2008
Student teachers often find themselves in a dilemma when leading classroom discussions about texts. These conflicts may not necessarily be a reflection of student behavior or classroom management. Instead, they may be a sign of active engagement and students taking the challenge beyond their current knowledge level. Two kinds of conflicts were…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Teachers, Student Behavior, Discussion
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Whitney, Anne; Blau, Sheridan; Bright, Alison; Cabe, Rosemary; Dewar, Tim; Levin, Jason; Macias, Roseanne; Rogers, Paul – English Education, 2008
With respect to the writing process in particular, a now well-established body of research demonstrates that process-oriented writing instruction benefits student achievement in writing. Process-oriented terms and concepts have entered the material environment of America's schools, in textbooks and curricula even where the theoretical bases…
Descriptors: Inservice Education, Prewriting, Teaching Methods, Process Approach (Writing)
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Juzwik, Mary M.; Sherry, Michael B. – English Education, 2007
How do teachers in diverse classrooms enact a transactional mode of literary response in their orchestration of classroom conversations about literature? This paper proposes that a theory of expressive language is central to answering this question and that the discourse genre of oral narratives may hold critical importance in accomplishing this…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), English Instruction, Discussion, Discourse Analysis
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Albers, Peggy – English Education, 2006
Evolution of the "old page", or written hardcopy texts, to the "new" (Kress, 2003), or electronic page, means that today's learners have experience with reading a variety of texts. Image, music, and electronic inscription (font, style, flash, and so on) are features of multimodal texts that many learners prefer to read and create. With the screen…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, English Instruction
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Kinloch, Valerie F. – English Education, 2005
In this essay, the author argues for a democratized way of developing a consciousness of differences by describing two abbreviated creative writing classroom experiences with urban sixth grade middle school students during the 2002-2003 academic year. She draws on Tony Medina's (2001) claim that poetry and writing weave people and worlds together…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Poetry
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Yagelski, Robert P. – English Education, 2005
Schooling, which is shared to the extent that Americans share no other cultural or institutional experience, is perhaps the single greatest influence on how people understand the world around them and their places in it. English instruction, required as it is throughout formal schooling, constitutes perhaps the most powerful vehicle for shaping…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Intellectual Disciplines, Discipline, English Instruction
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Smagorinsky, Peter; Gibson, Natalie; Bickmore, Steven T.; Moore, Cynthia P.; Cook, Leslie Susan – English Education, 2004
In this paper the authors focus on one early-career teacher, co-author Natalie Gibson, whose initial teaching experiences were mediated by educational settings shaped by these different and often conflicting traditions. Their study of Natalie's early-career trajectory is concerned with understanding her effort to develop a conception of…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Student Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Theory Practice Relationship