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ERIC Number: EJ1152324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2470-6353
Sponsorshaping: How a Teacher Used Sponsors of Literacy for Pedagogical Purposes
Dippre, Ryan
Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, v18 n1 Article 7 Spr 2016
Historically, the actions of classroom teachers have had a massive impact on the implementation of top-down reform efforts. However, a pedagogically-friendly construct for considering this impact has been lacking in studies of teacher practice. In this article, I draw on Deborah Brandt's concept of sponsors of literacy to build a construct for thinking about teacher actions with, against, and through the social and historical forces that work their way into the classroom: sponsorshaping. Through a grounded theory analysis of six different types of documents used in an Advanced English 11 writing classroom, I show how sponsors of literacy were "shaped" with and against each other through the authorial decisions of the teacher. Drawing on these results, I suggest ways in which sponsorshaping can be used actively by teachers and teacher educators to more carefully orchestrate demands that various sponsors of literacy have toward their own ends.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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