ERIC Number: ED315759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
"Being There" with Kevin Tucker. Report Series 2.5.
One of a series of six portraits of high school literature classrooms, this paper gives a detailed, evocative characterization of how one "master teacher" (Kevin Tucker) 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 an elective for juniors and seniors entitled "Literature and Politics," noting the teacher's remarkable consistency in stated goals and actual methodology, his very structured work in class while creating an atmosphere of total freedom, and students' absorption in the class effort. (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 11, 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.