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ERIC Number: ED343123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Literacy/Developing Gender: Constructing College Freshmen.
Rose, Shirley
A project examined the ways in which college freshmen constructed a gendered cultural identity in their narratives of events during their acquisition of literacy, and the ways in which teachers constructed the gendered, literate identity of their student authors. Three female teacher-readers were asked to: (1) evaluate the quality of each of 13 student literacy narratives on a scale of 1-10; (2) predict each author's chances for successfully completing college; and (3) guess, using clues from the essays, each author's gender. The teacher-readers were asked to repeat the exercise with the same 13 student narratives 18-20 months later. Results of the project (nine hours of taped and transcribed conversations) indicated that the teachers read texts as male or female despite their claims to the contrary, and that their own literacy practices shaped and were shaped by their own gender identity. Results further identified four different stances which the teachers tried out in their attempts to negotiate the gendered roles of author/writer and authority/teacher: gender blind, gender adherence, gender suppression, and critical/reflective. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A