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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
The goal of the "Write for Your Life Project" was to strengthen teacher candidates’ skills in both traditional and digital writing literacies through the use of social networks, blogging, texting, online modules and other social media. The project was designed to encourage teacher candidates to write daily, devise writing minilessons, use peer conferencing, and publish final pieces. This paper describes how the Write for Your Life Project (W4YL) helped teacher candidates (TCs) integrate traditional approaches to teaching writing with new literacies.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018
“These Rules Take All the Life Out of My Work...”: Student Teachers Confront the Demands of Academic Writing
This study investigates how master’s students who are also longtime teachers contend with the requirements of academic writing. The purpose of the study is to identify points of difficulty in order to find appropriate methods of support. To this end, the authors interviewed teachers pursuing a master’s degree at a college of education in Israel. During the interviews, the authors identified a number of patterns, including students who were used to different ways of expressing themselves and found it difficult to comply with the principles of academic writing.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
Collaborative Writing and Dis-Continuing Professional Development: Challenging the Rituals and Rules of the Education Game?
This paper discusses a critical challenge to current paradigms of continuing professional development within higher education institutions. A small group of higher-education-based teacher educators for the English post-compulsory sector describes and exposes the values and processes operating within a particular kind of professional development ‘space’ of their own creation. The main constituents of this way of working are identified and the process is illustrated with reference to the experience of collaborative writing within the group. The focus on criticality leads to an emerging concept of ‘critical collaborative writing’, and the implications of this particular example for higher education colleagues and institutions are explored.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
This study examines the effect of the author’s modeling processes as evidenced by education students’ assessments of his courses. The author addresses the particular question, what benefits do his students perceive receiving from his personal literacy practices in class? He collected data from 75 pre-service and in-service teachers enrolled in four different courses. Responses revealed perceptions of five primary benefits, underscoring both academic and affective components.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
The article presents a study exploring preservice teachers' experiences with multigenre writing in a secondary English methods course. Eight preservice teachers participated in this study (seven females and one male). They were assigned to write multigenre reflections that connected theory and practice from course readings. Their writing was supported through classroom workshops and discussion. Analysis of the data indicate that the participants worked through their initial anxiety related to the unique expectations of multigenre writing. Suggestions for incorporation of multigenre writing in teacher education courses are provided.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009