Composing Teacher-Research: A Prosaic History

Composing Teacher-Research: A Prosaic History

by Cathy Fleischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791423611

ISBN-13: 9780791423615

Pub. Date: 03/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This story of a teacher's growth as a researcher in the classroom reflects the larger issues of the debate about this kind of research during the last decade.

In Composing Teacher-Research the author provides a much needed critical look at the teacher-research movement by recounting her own experiences over the past decade. Informed by readings in a number of

Overview

This story of a teacher's growth as a researcher in the classroom reflects the larger issues of the debate about this kind of research during the last decade.

In Composing Teacher-Research the author provides a much needed critical look at the teacher-research movement by recounting her own experiences over the past decade. Informed by readings in a number of disciplines and by her own classroom practice, Fleischer documents the shifts and changes she made as a teacher when she took on the additional role of researcher. The book presents four case studies of classrooms and students, at both the high school and college level, focusing on the ways students see their own literacy in and out of school. Fleischer not only reproduces these case studies as they were written at various points in her journey, but provides commentary through pre- and post-scripts in which she points out particular issues of concern for those who practice classroom research: what it means to represent others’ experiences, how we can create research which is at the same time ethical and pedagogically sound, how the stakes for being a teacher-researcher have changed in a postmodern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791423615
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Series:
SUNY series, Teacher Preparation and Development Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. A Pratitioner's Retrospective

Introduction: The Picture Albums of a Prosaic History
The Mantle of Research: Learning to Remove the Armor
Learning New Ways: The Winks upon Winks upon Winks of Ethnography
One Foot in Each World: What Kind of Researcher Am I Anyway?
Fusing Horizons: Research With--Not Research On

Pronouns as a Political Problem; Or What Do We mean when We Say "We"?
Fusing Horizons: Connecting Literacy, Pedagogy, and Research
Beyond Representational Research
Can You Have Conclusions in a Postmodern Ethnography

2. Forming Literacy: Akemi's Story

Introduction
Forming Literacy: Akemi's Story (May 1987)
Postscript: Reflections on Akemi's Story

3. Forming Literacy: Sarah's Story

Introduction
Forming Literacy: Sarah's Story (December 1988)
Sarah in High School: The Struggle between Authoritative and Internally Persuasive Discourse
Sarah in College: Authoritative Discourse Wins Out
The Separation of Internally Persuasive and Authoritative Discourses
Postscript: Reflections on Sarah's Story

4. Re-forming Literacy: High School Students Become Researchers

Introduction
Re-forming Literacy: High School Students Become Researchers (July 1988)
Postscript: Reflections on "High School Students Become Researchers"

5. Re-forming Literacy: Researchers Write Together

Introduction
Re-forming Literacy: Researchers Write Together (June 1990)
Cathy's Turn
John's Turn
Susan's Turn
Cathy's Turn

6. A Postscript to Composing Teacher-Research: A Work in Progress

Stock: "The Function of the Anecdote in Teacher Research"
Schaafsma: Eating on the Street
Lather: Getting Smart
Common Threads
The Emergent Case Study: A Work in Progress
"The End of These Notes..."

Appendix A: Akemi's Writing Sample
Appendix B: Diery: Katy
Appendix C: Motivational Forces
Appendix D: What Fourth-Hour Students Write
Appendix E: Characteristics of Writing
Appendix F: Susan's Writing
Appendix G: John's Writing

Selected Bibliography
Index

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