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ERIC Number: EJ1019974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Elementary Teachers Negotiating Discourses in Writing Instruction
McCarthey, Sarah J.; Woodard, Rebecca; Kang, Grace
Written Communication, v31 n1 p58-90 Jan 2014
Using Ivanic's (2004) framework, the study of 20 elementary teachers examines the relationships among teachers' beliefs about writing, their instructional practices, and contextual factors. While the district-adopted curriculum reflected specific discourses, teachers' beliefs and practices reflected a combination of discourses. The nature of the professional development tended to reinforce particular discourses, but occasionally offered an alternative. The three cases revealed how teachers negotiated the tensions among various discourses. Beth exemplified a skills discourse, but demonstrated beliefs about writing as communication; however, she did not articulate tensions between the discourses and followed the district, skills infused curriculum. Amber borrowed from skills, traits, process, and genre discourses without resolving potential contradictions, resulting in instructional practices that had little coherence. Jackson, who brought in his own writing as a hip-hop artist, illustrated the social practices discourse as well as creativity and genre discourses to create an enhanced version of a district-adopted curriculum. Implications for practice include raising teacher's awareness of the contradictory discourses that surround them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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