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ERIC Number: EJ1176642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Collaborative Resistance to Digitized Instruction in a Rural Middle School
Johnson, Brian Walker; Batchelor, Melissa
Middle School Journal, v49 n3 p4-16 2018
How can middle-level educators improve reading achievement when digitized texts and tests manage their instruction? Experienced Osage Middle School reading teachers and school administrators addressed this question as they examined their Istation reading curriculum, and higher education faculty partners were invited to portray this work. Teaching to standardized tests, assigning low interest texts, and even digitizing controlled reading instruction were accepted practices at Osage Middle School. This portrait of reform illustrates how these practices were successfully resisted and reconstructed in just one academic year. The Osage educators' resistance was portrayed in three stages. First, the school's accepted literacy practices were named as digitized managed events that diminished educator authority. Then co-investigations of new reading instruction deconstructed these accepted practices. Eventually the new reading instruction practices transformed the school's reading curriculum. Possibilities for further research suggested by the Osage Middle School reform portrait include examining the invisibility of low achieving readers, investigating the paradoxes of managing controlled instruction, and testing the utility of collaborative educator inquiry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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