ERIC Number: ED348664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Curriculum-in-the-Making: A Case Study of Billy's Learning. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 58.
Rosaen, Cheryl L.; Lindquist, Barbara
The research reported in this paper is a case study of one student's learning in a writers' workshop where two teacher-researchers were developing new curriculum and instructional practices. The case study was developed out of a larger qualitative study in which 47 fifth-grade students' growth as writers was studied over a 1-year period as they participated in a writers' workshop. The purpose of the study was to examine students' knowledge, skills, ways of knowing, and ways of being in a learning community. This case study provides a detailed portrait of "Billy's" growth as a writer across a 1-year period, explaining ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening were intricately connected as a means of helping him become a writer who took risks and developed ownership of his writing. In addition to documenting his writing knowledge and skills, the paper describes Billy's transformations in values, attitudes, and interests related to writing. The paper discusses issues that are pertinent to understanding all students' learning and writing growth over time, as well as the surface tensions that arise out of using a workshop format to support all students' writing development. The paper also considers ways in which the teacher-researchers' own changes in curriculum and teaching practices may have influenced Billy's growth. A table presenting the unit overview and curriculum strands, a table presenting dimensions of Billy's change over time, and a table summarizing Billy's writing folder are included; 17 references are attached. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Longitudinal Studies, Writing Attitudes, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Skills, Writing Workshops
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.