ERIC Number: ED509557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
From Laura Ingalls to Wing Biddlebaum: A Study of Teacher Identity in Works of Literature
Muchmore, James A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
The purpose of this study is to systemically analyze the types of teachers that appear in works of literature, and to explore the various teacher identities that are depicted. The data consists of 44 works of literature representing a wide variety of genres, settings, cultures, and historical periods. They include 20 adult novels, 6 young adult novels, 6 children's books, 5 plays, 4 memoirs, and 3 short stories. The original publication dates range from 1598 to 2010, while the settings include the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Russia, New Zealand, and Trinidad. Analysis involved a carefully reading of each of the 44 works of literature with particular attention paid to the characterization of the teachers and the identities they assumed. Through a process of analytic induction, the following themes emerged: teacher as nurturer, teacher as subversive, teacher as conformist, teacher as hero, teacher as villain, teacher as victim, and teacher as outsider, teacher as immutable force, teacher as eccentric, and teacher as economic survivor. Implications and future directions of this research are discussed. "Teachers in Literature" is appended.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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