ERIC Number: ED471390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Inquiry and the Literary Text: Constructing Discussions in the English Classroom. Classroom Practices in Teaching English.
Holden, James, Ed.; Schmit, John S., Ed.
This collection of 14 articles aims to help teachers make the most of student discussion and inquiry in classrooms from middle school to high school to college. Contributors to the collection--secondary and college practitioners--offer theory-grounded, classroom-tested approaches for literature study in which students engage in democratic dialogue and practice authentic, collaborative inquiry. The collection opens with a primer on discussion-based classes (seminars) and inquiry-focused instruction. It then moves into three main sections that provide ideas to invigorate discussion and inquiry in any classroom, and it closes with an annotated bibliography of suggested readings. Articles in the collection are: (1) "Socratic Seminars and Inquiry Teaching--An Overview" (James Holden); (2) "Master Questions and the Teaching of Literature" (Mark Gellis); (3) "'But How Do You Do That?': Decision Making for the Seminar Facilitator" (Michael S. Hale and Elizabeth A. City); (4) "Implementing Whole-Class Literature Discussions: An Overview of the Teacher's Roles" (Sharon Eddleston and Raymond A. Philippot); (5) "Whose Inquiry Is It Anyway? Using Students' Questions in the Teaching of Literature" (G. Douglas Meyers); (6) "Different Questions, Bigger Answers: Matching the Scope of Inquiry to Student's Needs" (John S. Schmit); (7) "Getting at What They Want to Know: Using Students' Questions to Direct Class Discussion" (Mark Ensrud); (8) "Examining Multiple Perspectives in Literature" (Elfie Israel); (9) "Practicing Critical Thinking through Inquiry into Literature" (John S. Schmit); (10) "Moral Development and Meaning in Literature: A New Approach to Inquiry" (Martha Strom Cosgrove); (11) "Critical Inquiry Strategies for Responding to Social Worlds Portrayed in Literature" (Richard Beach); (12) "Inquiry, Folkloristics, and Discussion: Unbinding Literature in the Classroom" (Jacqueline S. Thursby); (13) "Learning to Listen: Assessing Talk about Literature" (Barbara G. Pace and Jane S. Townsend); and (14) "Seminars and Self-Assessment" (Burt Plumb and John N. Ludy). (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Higher Education, Literary Criticism, Reader Response, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.