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Caughlan, Samantha; Juzwik, Mary M.; Borsheim-Black, Carlin; Kelly, Sean; Fine, Jodene Goldenring – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
Although mounting research evidence suggests that dialogic teaching correlates with student achievement gains and with high levels of student engagement, little work in English education addresses the challenge of supporting new teachers in developing dialogically organized instructional practices. In a design-based study, we examine a curricular…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Thompson, Ian – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
This article develops a theoretical understanding of the processes involved in the co-construction of a written text by a teacher and student from a Vygotskian perspective. Drawing on cultural-historical and sociocultural theories of writing and Vygotsky's concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), this case study of a student and teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship
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Maloch, Beth; Worthy, Jo; Hampton, Angela; Jordan, Michelle; Hungerford-Kresser, Holly; Semingson, Peggy – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
This interpretive study provides a cross-case analysis of the literacy instruction of two first-grade teachers, with a particular focus on their grouping practices. One key finding was the way in which these teachers drew upon a district-advocated approach for instruction--an approach to guided reading articulated by Fountas and Pinnell (1996) in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Literacy Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Small Group Instruction
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Skerrett, Allison; Bomer, Randy – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
In this article, we show how two transnational youth, with the instructional support of their teacher, recruited their languages and lifeworlds, particularly their border-crossing experiences, as tools for engaging with school-based literacy practices. We analyze literary texts that the students composed, showing how the students' uses of their…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Student Mobility, Literacy, Personal Narratives
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Dewayani, Sophie – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
The "Education for All policy" is one of the Indonesian government's solutions to return children who work in the street to formal schooling. Unfortunately, access to higher education, which can enable vertical mobility for these children, is constrained by many factors, including financial opportunities. This study examines the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Futures (of Society), Poverty
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Kendrick, Maureen; Early, Margaret; Chemjor, Walter – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
Our purpose in this paper is to foreground contextual issues in studies of situated writing practices. During a year-long case study in a rural Kenyan secondary school, we applied a number of ethnographic techniques to document how 32 girls (aged 14-18 years) used local cultural and digital resources (i.e., donated digital cameras, voice…
Descriptors: Literacy, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Rural Schools
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Tullock, Brandon D.; Fernandez-Villanueva, Marta – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
In recent years, scholars have voiced the need for research which focuses on the ability of multilinguals to write across multiple languages rather than on the limitations that they face when composing in a non-native language. In order to better understand multilingual writers as resourceful and creative problem-solvers, the current study aims to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Writing (Composition), Problem Solving
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Castello, Montserrat; Inesta, Anna; Corcelles, Mariona – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
This paper presents a study designed from a socially situated and activity theory perspective aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of how Ph.D. students regulate their academic writing activity. Writing regulation is a complex activity of a highly situated and social nature, involving cyclical thought-action-emotion dynamics and the…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Journal Articles, Writing for Publication, Seminars
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Gilyard, Keith – Research in the Teaching of English, 2013
This article presents the text of Keith Gilyard's presidential address, delivered at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 18, 2012. In his address he proposes several core elements that he believes will instrumentally improve the education system in the United States: a rich…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement, Rhetoric
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Buck, Amber – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
Young adults represent the most avid users of social network sites, and they are also the most concerned with their online identity management, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. These practices represent important literate activity today, as individuals who are writing online learn to negotiate interfaces, user agreements,…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Social Networks, Internet, Web Sites
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Ives, Denise – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
Despite a growing awareness among teachers of the importance of recognizing and valuing a broader range of students' literate resources and experiences, including those that are culturally and linguistically linked, in many language arts classrooms students' literacy practices continue to be marginalized--remaining peripheral to, if not at odds…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Language Arts, African American Students, Literacy
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Tardy, Christine M. – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
The concept of voice has long attracted the attention of teachers, but more recently has also been the focus of a growing body of research aiming to understand voice as self-representation in writing. Adopting a socio-cultural orientation to voice, studies have revealed much about how textual choices are used by readers to build images of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Qualitative Research, Literary Styles, Perspective Taking
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Gritter, Kristine – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
Permeable textual discussion occurs when the unofficial texts and discursive practices and personal histories that are already recognized and valued in students' cultures are scaffolds to academically sanctioned literacies. Ideally, permeable textual discussions are safe havens where students' identities (racial, gender, world views) are…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, Track System (Education)
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Collin, Ross – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
In this article, I consider how subjectivities are composed and assessed within the boundaries of a career-focused portfolio program. First, by examining how portfolio composition is taught in senior English courses, I identify the qualities of the subject position students are called to occupy. Next, I present discourse analyses of portfolio…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Males, English Instruction, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Elliot, Norbert; Deess, Perry; Rudniy, Alex; Joshi, Kamal – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
The purpose of the present study is to examine concurrent and predictive evidence used in the validation of ACCUPLACER, a purchased test used to place first-year students into writing courses at an urban, public research university devoted to science and technology education. Concurrent evidence was determined by correlations between ACCUPLACER…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Program Effectiveness, Writing Ability, Technology Education
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