ERIC Number: ED315760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Heart and Soul of the Class. Report Series 2.6.
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 class studying John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," and discusses the teacher's role as guide, moderator, and facilitator in a teacher-led classroom in which students feel that they play an important and valued part. (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, 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 Role, 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.