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ERIC Number: EJ824750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
"Living the Literate Life": How Teachers Make Connections between the Personal and Professional Literate Selves
Gomez, Kimberley
Reading Psychology, v30 n1 p20-50 Jan 2009
This study examines teachers' beliefs about themselves as literate people and how those beliefs translate into classroom literary practice. Using a multi-method approach, it explores the private literate selves (via diary, survey, and interviews) of twelve K-12 teachers and establishes a foundational understanding of the influence of the social and personal nature of literacy on teacher support for literacy in the classroom and how teachers' personal literacy practices are made public to classroom learners. Results indicate that literacy played an important functional role in the lives of all 12 teachers. There was variability in the prominence of literacy for pleasure in the teachers' lives. In addition, there was variability in whether and in what ways teachers made their literacy practices public for their students. Implications for teacher education and professional development programs are offered. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A