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ERIC Number: EJ946196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 112
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
A Journey through Nine Decades of NCTE-Published Research in Elementary Literacy
Dutro, Elizabeth; Collins, Kathleen
Research in the Teaching of English, v46 n2 p141-161 Nov 2011
In this article, we share findings from our process of "reading the past, writing the future" of elementary research in NCTE's journals. Our analysis focused on major domains of the field, including literature, writing, reading, language, and multimodal literacies, and spanned "Elementary English Review", which first appeared in 1924, was renamed "Elementary English" in 1947, and became "Language Arts" in 1975; "Primary Voices," which ran from 1993 to 2002; and "Research in the Teaching of English" (RTE), which began in 1967. Findings revealed both surprising continuities across decades as well as clear and important social and cultural shifts that influenced theory, methods, and practice in the field, emphasizing the importance of 1) recognizing the level of historical and political influences in elementary literacy research, 2) paying explicit attention to how the cultural-historical zeitgeist shapes our work as scholars, and 3) interrogating how our representations of research problems may contribute to the continuance of social and cultural inequities.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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