Search results for: English language arts
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“I Didn’t Want to Make Them Feel Wrong in Any Way”: Preservice Teachers Craft Digital Feedback on Sociopolitical Perspectives in Student Texts
This qualitative multicase analysis investigated the role of “educational niceness” and “neutrality” in preservice English teacher feedback on sociopolitical issues in student writing. As part of the field experiences for several English Language Arts (ELA) methods courses at two universities, one urban and one rural, the teacher-researchers used Google Docs and other technologies to connect preservice teachers (PSTs) with high school writers at a geographical distance so that urban-situated PSTs could mentor rural-situated writers and vice versa. Five methods courses over two semesters served as cases, and 12 PSTs from those courses participated in focus groups. Data included audio recordings of nine focus groups and PSTs’ digital responses to student writing. Using thematic analysis, the authors explored how PSTs responded to sociopolitical perspectives in students’ writing — both engaging them and staying neutral. Although authentic opportunities for responding to student writers supported PSTs’ critical reflection on teaching writing, analysis of PSTs’ responses indicate that such authentic practice may not be sufficient for preparing PSTs to navigate sociopolitical issues and may, in fact, exacerbate PSTs’ impulse to enact educational niceness.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2020
What English/Language Arts Teacher Candidates Learn During Coursework and Practica: A Study of Three Teacher Education Programs
This study examines what students in three different university teacher education programs report having learned from the range of influences encountered during their studies and related field experiences. The findings demonstrate that although the three programs have different structures and processes, the participants reported very similar learning, yet with variations following from their program structures. The authors conclude that teacher candidate's developing conception of effective instruction is mediated by their previous experiences in schools as students, the structure of their teacher education program, their cultural and social backgrounds, their various field-based experiences, and the students, teachers, and faculty involved in teacher preparation.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2018
The present article describes one element of a large-scale nationwide study that surveyed English teacher educators about English teacher preparation programs throughout the United States. This element focused on how technology is integrated within the context of English teacher education programs. Specifically, this article focuses on how English teacher educators viewed recent changes in English teacher preparation and how these changes affected their work. The authors conclude that technology is already changing the understanding of content in the English language arts (ELA) classroom. Hence, the teaching and learning of technology is regarded as essential other content in English. The authors argue that the availability of technology in higher education, as well as in school districts, continues to be problematic and dependent upon a community’s commitment to it.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2018
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
This study focused on integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lessons with arts-themed activities to create interdisciplinary STEAM education in order to simultaneously address these two contemporary challenges. The participants were 124 pre-service elementary teachers, who used multimedia production technologies to develop original STEAM lessons. The results showed general overall similarities among the three participating groups of bilingual generalist (BG), regular generalist (RG), and undecided generalist (UG) pre-service elementary teachers in regard to their peer evaluation scores for achievement of creativity-related objectives in the STEAM lessons.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2017
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of the explicit instruction the researcher provided 35 EFL majors enrolled in her 2014 course on “Research into reading processes”. The findings reveal that the subjects reported knowing very few strategies. However, in performing the task assigned at the end of the course the subjects used altogether 24 strategies. The findings indicated that the course had a significant effect on the subjects' strategic and pedagogical knowledge, their evolving conceptions of the reading process and of themselves as readers, and consequently on their self-efficacy and motivation to teach reading to their future students and to promote their learning.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
This case study describes how 18 preservice teachers learned to nurture literary meaning-making via activities based on Louise Rosenblatt's Reader Response Theory within a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE). The authors found that these preservice teachers were able to learn about a technology integration activity within the context of building English Language Arts (ELA) pedagogical content knowledge.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
This research examined how 240 teachers in 15 classrooms described their experiences of their learning to compose with digital video (DV). The findings described composition connections they made between print and video, successes and frustrations they experienced in learning DV, additional technical instruction they wanted, and the curricular relevance they perceived with DV in the classroom.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2016
Getting “Up to Code”: Preparing for and Confronting Challenges when Teaching for Social Justice in Standards-Based Classrooms
This article presents the results of a recent qualitative study examining how P–12 teachers enact their visions of teaching for social justice through curricular and pedagogical practices that meet, and often exceed, local accountability mandates. The teachers in this study were able to effectively enact their social justice visions through ambitious, standards-based practice. Their curriculum was broad and deep, reflected best practices in teaching ELA, and prepared students to meet state and district accountability mandates. However, teachers also reported challenges imposed by restrictive curricular policies, resistance from students and colleagues, inadequate preparation and support, and insufficient resources.
Updated: May. 11, 2015
This article describes a 3-year qualitative study on a English language arts teacher preparation approach that places middle school students at the center and interweaves various technologies into the study of The Outsiders. Using the ever-popular young adult novel, The Outsiders, as a nexus of literature study and an integration of technology and music, the authors created The Outsiders Project. For three years the authors produced, directed, studied, and analyzed The Outsiders Project (TOP) to determine the impact of these experiences on their preservice teachers and to examine what they learned from the middle school students. The findings reveal that the preservice teachers were very surprised to discover that the middle school students really did want to learn. Another lesson the preservice teachers reported they learned about middle school students was that all students can contribute.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2014