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ERIC Number: EJ908444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1086-296X
Analyzing the Language of Struggle in Search of Hope for Teachers
Schmidt, Renita; Whitmore, Kathryn F.
Journal of Literacy Research, v42 n4 p385-417 2010
This article presents a detailed case study analysis of oral and written language expressed by Jacqueline Meyer, a teacher of elementary English Language Learners (ELL),as she struggled to navigate the current political terrain with her students. Ms. Meyer's district adopted commercial materials and increased the amount and substance of testing for her students, thereby increasing the likelihood that her students would be viewed from a deficit point of view. Ms. Meyer was selected for an in-depth case study because in her words we heard the history of ELL marginalization and the local and federal mandates of NCLB that challenged the core of her beliefs, but we also saw her struggle to maintain her own (and her students') identities. Content, rhetorical, and critical discourse analyses of her talk revealed her teaching identity as a "theoretician" who speaks with an "art-full" and "strategic" voice. The rhetorical analysis illuminated Ms. Meyer's skill with persuasive language that evoke demotion, and the critical discourse analysis illuminated her ability to strategically use language to shift power and positioning. Together, these tools enabled us to see how she effectively used language to improvise a persuasive and poetic argument and to operate strategically in challenging times. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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