ERIC Number: ED315756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Teaching Literature in High School: A Teacher-Research Project. Report Series 2.2.
Knoblauch, C. H.; Brannon, Lil
This report introduces a yearlong teacher research project, planned and implemented by a group of high school English teachers from districts in and around Albany, New York, which resulted in six reports that serve as "portraits" of high school literature classrooms. The question directing the research was: how do the "best" high school English teachers introduce, undertake, and guide the study of literature in their classrooms? The question of the seeming "subjectivity" of teacher inquiry is addressed, and it is argued that while there are real differences of philosophy and method between teacher research and empirical educational inquiry, it is erroneous to suggest that only one of the two can claim reliability. The following features of teacher research are examined in detail: (1) teacher research presumes that its knowledge is "interpretive" rather than "objective" or "subjective"; (2) teacher research is phenomenological in its aim, not abstractive or generalizing; (3) teacher research views the cultural reality of the classroom from a vantage point within it instead of outside it; and (4) teacher research depends on narrative as its means of articulating what it has come to understand. Based on the results of the six research projects, the report describes some common themes that recurred in the teacher research narratives and suggests their implications. (RS)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Research, High Schools, Literature, Narration, Research Methodology, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Researchers, Teaching Methods
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, School of Education, 1400 Washington Ave., ED B-9, University of Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12222 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Albany)