Search results for: Writing instruction
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The purpose of this study was to understand how writing teacher educators, who used research-based practices, make connections to K-12 classrooms for their preservice teacher candidates. A team of eight literacy researchers and educators from institutions across the United States collaborated to conduct a qualitative interview study of 15 writing teacher educators. This study is grounded in literature on effective writing instruction as well as university and K-12 connections, and it is framed by Kolb’s experiential learning theory. Findings suggest several themes related to how writing teacher educators make connections to K-12 classrooms including intentional field experiences, spending time in the field themselves, connecting their teaching of writing assessment to actual classrooms and students, and engaging in consistent reflection and revision of their courses. Implications and future directions for research are explored.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2020
Finding Possibility in Pitfalls: The Role of Permeable Methods Pedagogy in Preservice Teacher Learning
The purpose of this study was to examine how opportunities to learn to teach writing in preservice preparation mediated candidates’ appropriation of tools for teaching writing. In this study, the author compared between tools and processes across two university preparation programs in United States. The author found that while the candidates in the Madrona program demonstrated a fairly sophisticated appropriation of writing workshop tools, the Altavista candidates appropriated a wide array of tools at a surface level. This permeable setting in Madrona program supported candidates to develop habits of thinking about pedagogical tools, habits that facilitated uptake of integrated instructional frameworks. However, methods activity in Altavista program focused almost exclusively on the tools and tasks presented in that setting.
Updated: Apr. 19, 2017
Reframing the Assignment: Evolutions, Not Revolutions, in Learning to Teach Writing with Digital Technologies
In this article, the author discusses the importance of conceptualizing place and space in teacher professional development intervention research. Using a cultural historical activity theory framework, the author discusses how the cultural and historical aspects of the place and context in which the teachers taught mediated the teachers’ understandings of the affordances of incorporating critical digital literacies into their classroom teaching. Findings suggest introducing new tools into the rural setting helped influence teachers’ identity in their role as professional educators. The professional development intervention helped the teachers develop a greater sense of agency and purpose within their rural context.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
The study focused on the insights preservice teachers gained from working closely beside one emergent writer. The authors report on six focus cases and identify five cross-case themes—describing preservice teachers who (a) approached young children’s efforts to compose texts with deep appreciation regardless of the child’s level of development; (b) deeply valued the time spent near a young writer and described their own learning as emanating both from the writer and the writing; (c) gained an understanding of how literacy emerges/develops, and made efforts to take up the discourse of literacy teachers; (d) talked sensitively about the importance of their teaching moves—the “just right” invitations or steps that enabled children to take risks; and (e) valued the purposeful writing that emanated from children’s interests and lives and motivated them to write.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
Releasing the Hidden Academic? Learning from Teacher-Educators’ Responses to a Writing Support Programme
This article describes the initiation of a writing support programme for teacher educators in a new university and analyses its impact. A key finding has been that supporting staff to write is not simply a case of ‘hurrying them along’ but requires understanding of the particular barriers to writing for this group.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
The Use of Conceptual and Pedagogical Tools as Mediators of Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Self as Writers and Future Teachers of Writing
The goal of the study was to analyze how a writing methods course mediated early childhood preservice teachers (PSTs)’ knowledge of the tools necessary for them to be successful teachers of writing and how PSTs’ development as teachers of writing changed. Findings include the utility of conceptual and pedagogical tools to develop PSTs’ understandings of writing and the ways teaching decisions can be developed. Additional findings address shifts in PSTs’ thinking about themselves as writers and future teachers of writing.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
Investigating the Unit of Study Approach as a Way to Teach Writing to Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers
In this study, the authors wanted to investigate what early childhood education preservice teachers (PSTs) learn about poetry and the writing process when engaged in a poetry unit of study. The findings revealed that a unit of study format: (a) served as a vehicle to deconstruct and develop new genre awareness; (b) helped PSTs live process aspects of writing instruction; and (c) supported PSTs in developing genre-specific knowledge through the use of mentor texts.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2016
Reflection through Discomfort: What Resistance Reveals When Communication Technologies Mediate Authentic Writing Mentorships
This article examines the role that discomfort and resistance played in the experiences of participants by using online communication technologies to facilitate mentor relationships with high school students in writing. The authors argue that the Online Writing Partnership provided the future English teachers in this particular case an opportunity to feel uncomfortable with their approach to student writing during a period when they were not responsible for it and in contexts that were supportive of approaching writing as a process.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012
Drawing on the theory of situated learning and teacher knowledge as situated, the authors have examined the ways in which two L2 writing teachers in Hong Kong perceived and responded to the possibilities for learning how to write in their culturespecific contexts of work. The findings of this study show that these two teachers skillfully developed pedagogical strategies to exploit opportunities for learning that were rooted in the cultural traditions they shared with their students and the microcultures in the classroom that they coconstructed with them.. The teachers' skillful and sensitive exploitation of these possibilities created a rich environment for learning.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
This article presents the experiences of a Latina professor and a gay, Latino university student in a writing project for an elementary reading credential course. The project focuses on the student's negotiation of sexual identity in writing. The findings suggest that the power behind the written text can be transformational and healing. The act of writing, the environment, and the instructor contributed to the documented works of survival, hardships, strength, and love.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011