ERIC Number: ED315762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Teacher as Mentor-Guide: Joe Allen on "Antigone." Report Series 2.8.
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; (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 eleventh and twelfth graders in a suburban, upstate New York high school in a course in Mythology studying the play "Antigone." The paper discusses the teacher's role as mentor and guide, his experience and adeptness at making the myriad decisions a teacher must make in class, his alertness to students which allows him to make split-second changes in a lesson plan in order to adapt it to students' interests and concerns, and his researching and experimenting to find teaching styles and strategies that work for him. (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 11, Grade 12, High Schools, Literature Appreciation, Mythology, 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.
Identifiers - Location: New York