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ERIC Number: EJ846020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Some Practices and Approaches Are Clearly Better than Others and We Had Better Not Ignore the Differences. A Response to Peter Smagorinsky
Hillocks, George, Jr.
English Journal, v98 n6 p23-29 Jul 2009
Professor Peter Smagorinsky argues that it is time teachers gave up on the idea of best practice in the teaching of English, and the author tends to agree. At the same time, the author differs on certain points. Smagorinsky's premise is based on the idea that all teacher practices have been enculturated through the various experiences, people, and institutions with which the respective teachers have had contact. Smagorinsky's point is summed up in his statement that "different teachers may be more skillful with one approach than with another due to their training, their dispositions, their experiences and other factors." Because teachers' processes of socialization into teaching are different, what one may regard as effective, another will reject as ineffective. The author responds to Smagorinsky's arguments. [For the subject article "Is It Time to Abandon the Idea of "Best Practices" in the Teaching of English?", see EDEJ846019.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A