ERIC Number: ED418611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Values of Teaching Literature: The Manifestation of a Teacher's Values in the African-American Literature Course.
Knowlton, Dave S.
This paper presents the results of a case study of the role of a college instructor's values on the teaching process and on his students. A white male English instructor who taught African-American literature was the focus of the study. Data were collected through classroom observations, a review of the course syllabus and handouts, and a series of recorded interviews and discussions with the instructor. A review of the data suggested that the instructor's perception of values fell into four distinct categories: teacher relates to the message, teacher relates to context, teacher relates to students, and teacher relates to self. Examples from classroom observations and interviews with the instructor are used to illustrate the role of values in these four categories of interaction. It was found that the instructor tried not to limit the meanings that literature might have to the students, saw his role more as a facilitator or coach than as a judge, recognized his role as a white instructor teaching African-American literature, valued the informed opinions of students, and used self-criticism to improve his teaching. (Contains 10 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; Values Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).