ERIC Number: ED466470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Teachers of Writing as Writers: Examining Attitudes and Informing Practice through Action Research.
Watson, Patricia A.; Lacina, Jan Guidry
This action research study, carried out by two university professors in a Texas teacher education institution, examined the beliefs and self-images of preservice teachers as they related to writing and the teaching of writing. It also examined what course elements and activities could contribute to the development of positive attitudes and beliefs related to writing and writing instruction. The research study was based on delivery a new course, some of which was still in the planning phase, on the development of written communication. Student teachers were observed as they participated in writing workshops and were surveyed for data collection. Follow-up focus group interviews were also conducted. Data analysis indicate that many of the preservice teachers did not perceive themselves as writers, and they tended to lack confidence in their own writing abilities. Students indicated that most of the assignments and experiences provided during the course contributed positively to their development of confidence and attitude toward writing. The students considered feedback the most influential aspect of the course. (Contains 32 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).