ERIC Number: ED315757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Taking the Fear Away from Learning: Observations of Contemporary Fiction Taught by Carol Johnson at the Chestnut Hill School in a City in New York. Report Series 2.3.
One of a series of six portraits of high school literature classrooms, this paper gives a detailed, evocative characterization of how one "master teacher" introduced, undertook, and guided the study of literature, focusing in particular on how the teacher interacted with students in the context of discussion of a literary work in class. The paper recounts how a teacher-researcher observed an instructional unit of literature by (1) conducting taped interviews with the teacher as well as with her students; (2) gathering lesson plans, study guidelines, and assignments related to the instructional units to be observed; and (3) making videotapes of the classes involved; and finally (4) writing a narrative account of what had been observed in the class and what its significance appeared to be. This account describes a class of 12 seniors at a private academy for girls reading Margaret Craven's "I Heard the Owl Call My Name," and led by their teacher to make personal connections with literature, to express and maintain their beliefs while allowing others their opinions--how in short, they are coming to view literature as one of life's amenities. (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 12, High Schools, Literature Appreciation, Qualitative Research, Reader Text Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Models
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, School of Education, 1400 Washington Ave., ED B-9, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12222 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.