ERIC Number: ED315758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Journey with "Great Expectations": Charles Dickens Meets the Ninth Grade; A Teacher Researcher Discovers Life in Another Classroom. Report Series 2.4.
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 his 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. The paper describes a lively class of 13 rural ninth-graders in an encounter with Charles Dickens'"Great Expectations," and discusses the teacher's attempt to find a balance between a student-centered approach and a teacher's authority and view of a literary "classic." (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 9, 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.