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Klooster, David J., Ed.; Steele, Jeannie L., Ed.; Bloem, Patricia L., Ed. – 2001
In the years since its origin in 1997, the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) project has become a wellspring of human stories about teaching and changing, about reaching across cultural and language divides to find deep conceptual and interpersonal harmonies that lead to reform. This collection presents chapters written by educators…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Change
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Oldfather, Penny – Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 2002
Presents five themes constructed through a cross-case analysis and synthesis of research and theory based on six articles collected for a two-part mini-themed issue of this journal on learning from students about overcoming motivation problems in literacy learning. Examines what can be learned by looking at different studies that address issues of…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Education, Literacy, Student Attitudes
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Oldfather, Penny – Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 2002
Offers an interpretive case study designed to provide insights about students' thoughts, feelings, and actions when not initially motivated for literacy tasks, and ways in which some students were able to become intrinsically interested. Reveals three different patterns of engagement (or lack thereof), represented in three different "Situations"…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Research, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Oldfather, Penny – Journal of Reading, 1995
Summarizes a key finding from a four-year longitudinal study of intrinsic motivation for literacy learning. Finds that this motivation may diminish as students move from elementary to middle grades and may be linked to fewer opportunities for self-expression in their learning environments. (SR)
Descriptors: Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Motivation, Literacy
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Oldfather, Penny – Reading Teacher, 1993
Describes insights about students' motivation for literacy learning based on a student-researcher collaborative inquiry in a fifth- and sixth-grade whole-language classroom. (SR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Literacy
Oldfather, Penny – 1993
A continuing longitudinal study examined students' perceptions of their learning and motivation in a whole language classroom setting. Subjects, 14 fifth- or sixth-grade students who collaborated in the inquiry as co-researchers, were interviewed in depth. The mixed fifth- and sixth-grade classroom at the "Willow School" in southern…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Intermediate Grades, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies
Oldfather, Penny – 1994
Teachers' responsiveness to and empathic understanding of students' perceptions when they are not motivated are critical in promoting students' ownership of the literacy learning agenda; in helping students with their motivational difficulties; and in establishing classrooms that focus on the enhancement of caring. An interpretive study, conducted…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Cognitive Processes
Oldfather, Penny – 1994
Drawing from examples from a longitudinal study of students' perceptions of their own purposes in learning, this paper examines outcomes of an emancipatory view of intrinsic motivation for literacy learning that centers on a view of the "learner as agent in the construction of meaning." The paper traces the development of students'…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies
Oldfather, Penny – 1992
"Sharing the ownership of knowing" (a constructivist concept of motivation for literacy learning) is a dynamic classroom interaction in which a teacher's constructivist epistemological stance facilitates students' sense of their own construction of meaning and the integrity of their own thinking. Sharing the ownership of knowing was one…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Constructivism (Learning), Intermediate Grades
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Oldfather, Penny – Theory into Practice, 1995
Researchers consistently underestimate the enormous potential of children to participate in the construction of their own learning environments and as research partners in examining learning. The paper chronicles one 6-year collaborative project with students on research in literacy learning and highlights students' perspectives on what the…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades
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Oldfather, Penny; Thomas, Sally – Teachers College Record, 1998
Presents case studies of six teachers who completed year-long research projects on motivation for literacy learning in collaboration with high school students, considering their views on the nature of knowledge, the purposes of schooling, approaches to teaching and learning, perspectives on motivation, and roles and relationships with the school…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Research, High School Students, High Schools
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Thomas, Sally; Oldfather, Penny – Reading Teacher, 1995
Shows how, through shared inquiry into literacy processes, both the teachers and students become learners. Describes the shared inquiry that took place in a classroom of 10- and 11-year olds in which teachers and students explored the meanings, purposes, and outcomes of their literacy curriculum. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Learning Processes
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Oldfather, Penny; And Others – Teacher Education Quarterly, 1994
Provides background on constructivist theory and describes practical applications. The article explains a children's thinking project that was part of a master's level early childhood education course, reporting what was learned about gaining access to children's ideas and insights into their thought processes. Implications for teacher education…
Descriptors: Children, Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Early Childhood Education
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Oldfather, Penny; And Others – Teacher Education Quarterly, 1994
Describes what research has found about the use of collaborative mind mapping to facilitate the development of constructivist preservice teacher education programs. The paper discusses explicit connections between collaborative mind mapping and constructivism, varieties of mind maps, mind mapping as an invitation to thought, and how to use mind…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Collegiality, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning
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West, Jane; Oldfather, Penny – Language Arts, 1993
Compares and contrasts the multiple voices of children engaging in "group work" in a third-grade and a fifth/sixth-grade class. Highlights developmental and contextual issues that may be important to teachers considering students' needs and interests in relation to language arts learning in groups. Presents a playlet constructed from students'…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Cross Age Teaching, Elementary Education
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