ERIC Number: ED362891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Composing a Teaching Life: Partial, Multiple, and Sometimes Contradictory Representations of Teaching and Learning Literature. Concept Paper No. 12. NCTE Concept Paper Series.
Focusing on three literature teachers who have lived with and through the changing representations of the discipline, this paper, an examination of the nature of inquiry in literature education, describes the multiple realities that such teachers must negotiate for themselves and their students. The paper discusses conceptions of reflective inquiry; the content and processes of inquiry; and kinds of inquiry, such as autobiographical inquiry, curriculum inquiry, pedagogical inquiry, and inquiry of possibility. The paper concludes with three essential principles that summarize the formulations, processes, and outcomes of the inquiry: (1) although practice as product is the observable act, teaching, as these teachers demonstrated, is a process; (2) working within the school culture may not determine, but does affect, teachers' images of possible and desirable teaching and learning; and (3) one common thread in the three teachers' motivation for inquiry was their need to confront the rapidly changing views of teaching and learning literature. A figure listing principles of curriculum planning and a figure listing critical questions in learning literature are included. Contains 110 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Inquiry, Literature Appreciation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock No. 08040).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: English Teachers; Reflective Inquiry