English 6910, Fall 2010
Research and Scholarship in English Education
This graduate seminar explores teacher research and scholarship as a means to curricular and pedagogical improvement, teacher empowerment, and educational reform.
Students read a variety of teacher research studies, examine models for classroom research, develop research questions, create a literature review, a human subjects protocal, and a research proposal, carry out research, and write up results with a view toward publication and dissemination. The course will feature experimentation, collaboration, revision, rewriting, and reflection.
Discussion of ideas and materials will take place in the English Companion Ning interactive environment shared with teachers across the country. Component pieces of a teacher research project will be due and discussed at specific points throughout the course, yet these pieces should be considered provisionary. The final project will be a portfolio of these materials, revised and with an introducation and self-evaluation.
As the gateway course to the Masters in English with a Teaching Emphasis this course helps provide a framework for MA work and facilitating teacher professional development and leadership.
The class will be taught in a wireless laptop classroom and will experiment with a variety of new technologies. Our class will be organized by this on-line syllabus, which is subject to change and further development.
Students are expected to join the National Council of the Teachers of English and attend a professional conference, such as the MCTE Conference, Friday Oct 29 (Lansing) or the NCTE Conference, Thurs-Sun Nov 18-21 (Orlando).
Class participation is vital in 6910, missing classes may lower the grade and missing more than 3 classes may lead to failing. This class will follow WMU academic honesty policies. If at any point in the semester if you feel stress, English 6910 offers free on-line therapy from Eliza!
Introduction to the course. Learn about each other's backgrounds, experience, and interests. Consider topics and approaches for the course. Explore pedagogical content knowledge.
from Methods of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts. Respond to discussion Pedagogical Content Knowledge on Allen's blog in English Companion Ning.
from What Works? Respond to discussion "Teacher Research Questions in ELA" on Allen's blog in English Companion Ning.
3. Bring drafts of 3 or 4 possible research questions to class.
1. Read: Chapter 3 "Bridgework" from What Works? Respond to discussion on "Seeking Out Information about Teaching" on the English Companion Ning.
2. Write an annotated bibliography including at least 4-5 books/articles addressing your research question. See especially journals listed below. Bring a copy of one article to class that you would like our seminar to read and analyze.
1. Read a book by Carol Jago and prepare a report for the class about it.
Working with Human Subjects
1. Read: Chapter 4 "Headwork" from What Works?
2. Explore the WMU HSIRB website.
3. Complete the "Social and Behavioral Researchers" training modules, including the modules for "Working with Children," "Research in Elementary and Secondary Schools, and "Vulnerable Subjects" available at CITI.
4. Read Joe Haughey's HSIRB proposal.
5. Read sample classroom research articles handed out in class.
6. Respond to discussion on English Companion Ning, "Ethics of Teacher Research."
1. Read: Chapter 8 "Footwork" from What Works?
3. Read sample classroom research articles handed out in class
4. Respond to discussion on English Companion Ning, Keeping Track of Our Teaching.
1. Read: Chapter 9 "Deskwork"and Chapter 10 "Handwork" from What Works?
2. Read: "Fictive Representations: An Alternative Method for Reporting Research" by Alvermann and Hruby in Methods of Research on Teaching ELA.
3. Bring some data from your research to class.
4. Read: Sample research articles.
5. Respond to discussion on English Companion Ning, Studying Data, Sharing Research
Oct. 29 Friday
1. Bring a rough draft of 5-10 pages of an English Journal style article to class about your research.
2. Respond to discussion on English Companion Ning, What do Teachers Learn from Writing about their Teaching?
1. Bring to class a list of possible ways you might like to disseminate your research.
2. Read: Sample research articles.
3. Respond to discussion on English Companion Ning, Dissemination.
1. Bring a revised draft of a research article to class.
2. Read: Sample research articles.
1. Read: "Reflections on an Online Teacher's Writing Group" National Writing Project.
Dec. 16, 7:15-9:15, 6910 Final
1. Create a Prezi, Powerpoint or Website about your project and present to the class.
2. Put revised pieces from your research project into a portfolio. Create an introduction to the portfolio setting describing what you learned about the research process and a conclusion including a 4-page self-evaluation of your work English 6910 and propose a course grade.
Possible Inspiration for Research
Best Practice: Central iSchool
Teaching for Change Catalog
Teacher Research Resources
George Mason University Teacher Research Website
International Reading Association: Teacher as Researcher Grant
Conference on English Education: James Moffett Award to Support Teacher Research
Rick Beach's page on Teacher Research
English Journal for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle schools, addresses teaching of writing and reading, literature, and language.
Voices from the Middle research and best practices in middle level reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the visual and language arts.
Teaching English in the Two-Year College for instructors of English in two-year colleges and teachers of first- and second-year composition in four-year institutions, theoretical and practical articles on composition, developmental studies, technical and business communication, literature, creative expression, language, and the profession.
Language Arts Journal of Michigan for language arts teachers in Michigan.
Rethinking Schools an activist publication committed to equity and the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.
Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research a place for sharing reports of action research, in which teachers at all levels, kindergarten to postgraduate, are reflecting on classroom practice through research ventures.
Research in the Teaching of English research and essays from a variety of methodologies on the relationships between language teaching and learning at all levels.
The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy practical, classroom-tested ideas grounded in research and theory.
The Reading Teacher blend of practical classroom application and theoretical framework audience of classroom teachers, university researchers, literacy consultants, coaches, and policymakers.
English Education the education and development of teachers of English at all levels.
Educational Researcher scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation.
College English for the college scholar-teacher, literature, rhetoric-composition, critical theory, creative writing theory and pedagogy, linguistics, literacy, reading theory, pedagogy, and professional issues related to the teaching of English.
College Literature links issues of literature, culture, politics and pedagogy.
Pedagogy undergraduate and graduate instruction in English studies.
The Writers Chronicle essays, articles, news, and information designed to enlighten, inform, and entertain writers, editors, students, and teachers of writing. Published by the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs).
ED 718 Action Research in Schools, Allan Feldman, U of Massachusetts
ED Y510 Educational Inquiry, U of Indiana
ENG 552: Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition, Sharon McGee, S Illinois
ED 635 School-Based Inquiry in Literacy, Nicola Williams, George Mason U
ED 8010 Teacher Action Research, Deborah Tippins, U of Georgia
RE 5040 Teacher as Researcher, Gary Moorman, Appalachian State U
Living the Questions: A Guide for Teacher Researchers by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Power Miller
Inside/Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge by Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan L. Lytle
The Art of Classroom Inquiry: A Handbook for Teacher-Researchers by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Miller Power
A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Research by David Hopkins
Teacher Researchers at Work by Marion S. Maclean, Marian M. Mohr and the National Writing Project
Teacher Research for Better Schools by Courtney Rogers, Betsy Sanford, Mary Ann Nocerino, and Marion Maclean
Good Day, Bad Day: Teaching as a High Wire Act by Ken Winograd
Qualitative Inquiry: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research by George Kamberelis and Greg Dimitriadis
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