ERIC Number: EJ1042219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
The Student Writing Archive Project (SWAP): Designing a Searchable Database of Student Writing and Teacher Commentary for English Teacher Preparation Courses
Sherry, Michael B.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v14 n3 2014
Teacher candidates have few opportunities during their teacher preparation coursework to investigate practices associated with eliciting and responding to student writing. This article describes an attempt to address this problem with a searchable online digital archive of student writing, with and without teachers' written feedback, as well as other instructional materials from elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms in diverse linguistic/geographic regions of the country. The archive also includes interviews with teachers about their approaches to teaching writing, especially the principles and practices that inform their responses to student work. The design of the archive is described, along with three broad paths through the archive, which were created by the author. These paths provide opportunities for instructors of English teaching methods courses, writing pedagogies courses, and linguistics courses to investigate with teacher candidates issues that are commonly addressed in those three types of courses, like modeling writing, machine scoring, and responding with sensitivity to writers who are English language learners.
Descriptors: Student Writing Models, Database Design, Search Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Systems, Online Searching, Archives, Interviews, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Preservice Teachers, Design Preferences, Writing Teachers, Computer System Design, Usability, Computer Interfaces, Methods Courses, Writing Instruction, Linguistics, English Instruction, Test Scoring Machines, Feedback (Response), Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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