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ERIC Number: ED557675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 189
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3039-6521-0
Teaching the Writing Methods Course: A Multiple Case Study of Teachers' Professional Journeys, Teaching Contexts, Theoretical Frames, and Courses
Sovis, Kristin A. K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Western Michigan University
This study, situated within the fields of English education and writing teacher education, illustrates not only "what" is happening in writing methods courses but why in its examination of writing methods courses and instructor influences. The writing methods course is identified by English educators and writing teacher educators as "pivotal" in K-12 English teacher preparation, and the purpose of this study is to better understand multiple versions of this course and how teacher influences affect the design and implementation of the course (Grossman, 1990; Smagorinsky and Whiting, 1995; McCann, 2005). This study builds upon scholarship that explores individual versions of "writing" methods courses "and" one study that provides overviews of multiple English methods courses (Cole, 1967; Foy, 1964; Gebhardt, 1977; Marshall, 1997; Nemanich, 1973; Reid 2009; Smagorinsky and Whiting, 1995). This study extends this research by offering detailed portraits of writing methods courses and in-depth illustrations of teacher influences on the course. In providing detailed portraits of writing methods courses, this study responds to calls within writing teacher education, specifically, for more research into K-12 writing teacher preparation and writing methods courses (Brockman & Lindblom, 2012; Bush, 2012; Tremmel and Broz, 2002; Tremmel & Tremmel, 2012). The discussion and analysis of these detailed course portraits includes "common key characteristics" across courses and "distinguishing features" of individual courses. This analysis provides a model for writing teacher educators' own self-assessment of their courses "and" illustrates for K-12 teachers, administrators, and educational policymakers the content and practices that prepare prospective K-12 English teachers. Another major outcome of this study is a framework for exploring, understanding, and reflecting upon teacher influences as related to practice. This framework is applied to the participants of this study and identifies three strands that contribute to instructors' teaching experiences: professional journey, teaching context, and theoretical frames. This framework, extending research into concepts of "pedagogical content knowledge" as defined by Grossman (1990) and "theoretical frameworks" as defined by Dewey (1916), is a tool for inquiring, understanding, and reflecting on the teaching practice of not only writing methods instructors, but of teachers of all disciplines and at all levels. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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