ERIC Number: ED345291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Changing Conceptions of Writing Instruction.
McCarthey, Sarah J.
A study examined the changing conceptions about the writing instruction of three teachers who participated in the Teachers College Writing Project. Three New York City elementary school teachers were selected from a larger sample of 10 teachers who participated in a larger study of the same project. The teachers were selected because they had incorporated at least some of the strategies of the Writing Project into their teaching. Teachers participated in interviews three times over a 2-year period. Results indicated that all three teachers changed their ideas about the teacher-student relationship, the goals and purposes of writing, and their pedagogy in ways that were consistent with the Writing Project philosophy. However, influenced by their prior experiences with writing instruction, the teachers changed in different ways and to different degrees. Findings support the effectiveness of a particular staff development project, while demonstrating differences in teachers' understandings. (Thirty references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Writing Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Teachers
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($6.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers: Teachers College Writing Project; Teaching Research
Note: A version of this paper was presented at the Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1990).