ERIC Number: ED463540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
"Best Practice?" Insights on Literacy Instruction from an Elementary Classroom. Literacy Studies Series.
Stewart, Margaret Taylor
Teachers, parents, policymakers, and others interested in researching what is best for teaching children literacy skills will find literally thousands of resources purporting to be "best practices." This book suggests examining real classrooms--teachers and students actively involved in literacy learning--to determine what works in practice. The book focuses on one teacher's research and shows how what became "best practice" for this teachers' second-grade students grew out of their growth as a learning community, providing this research through scenes of classroom life. By furnishing a model for teacher research, the book encourages teachers to conduct research inside their own classrooms. Following an introduction, the book is divided into these chapters: (1) Pondering Classroom Pressures, Celebrating Possibilities; (2) Research in the Classroom: Foundation and Methodology; (3) My Role as "Architect"; (4) My Role as "Artist"; (5) The Students' Complementary Roles as "Architects"; (6) The Students' Complementary Roles as "Artists"; and (7) What Have We Learned? Appendixes contain a time frame for the study and a timeline of important Elsewhere Expeditions and related activities. (Contains approximately 350 references, and author index, and a subject index.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Language Arts, Literacy, Models, Reflective Teaching, Student Role, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.; National Reading Conference, Inc.