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ERIC Number: ED354531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 26
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Teacher to Teacher: A Dialogue on the "Art" of Teaching English.
Beard, Pauline; Danielson, Susan
The English Department at Portland State University (Oregon) sponsored a roundtable discussion (revolving around classroom practice, perspectives, pedagogies, and methodologies) of public school, community college, and university English teachers in the winter of 1991 and expanded the dialogue into a focus group during the summer. A survey questionnaire was returned by 50 of 86 randomly sampled high school, community college, and university English teachers in the Portland area. Thirty-one respondents participated in the focus group. Group discussions can be categorized under three headings: changes, concerns, and methods. Most teachers agreed that their classes had become more student-oriented, and that writing classes were becoming more text-based to develop reading and analytic skills. Methodological issues discussed included: (1) basing discussion on the students' own questions in place of the usual lecture format with questions proposed by the teacher; (2) encouraging students to become responders and to use the teacher as a resource; (3) use of other art forms to get into a text; and (4) encouraging different voices and accepting multiculturalism as the "humanely/educationally correct thing to do." Many teachers raised the concern of grading when teaching in a more relaxed, less-structured class, and some worried over the letting-go of their role as lecturer in the classroom. Participants in the focus groups were unanimously enthusiastic about the opportunity to share with others their successes and concerns about their teaching. (A summary of the results from the questionnaire, the questionnaire, a list of preliminary questions under consideration, and a sampling of multicultural texts/tapes/videos of works of interest are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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