Composing Teacher-Research: A Prosaic History

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The author provides a much needed critical look at the teacher research movement by recounting her own experiences over the past decade. 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.
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Table of Contents

1 A Practitioner's Retrospective 1
Introduction: The Picture Albums of a Prosaic History 1
The Mantle of Research: Learning to Remove the Armor 7
Learning New Ways: The Winks upon Winks upon Winks of Ethnography 18
One Foot in Each World: What Kind of Researcher Am I Anyway? 26
Fusing Horizons: Research With - Not Research On 34
Pronouns as a Political Problem; Or What Do We Mean when We Say "We"? 46
Fusing Horizons: Connecting Literacy, Pedagogy, and Research 50
Beyond Representational Research 55
Can You Have Conclusions in a Postmodern Ethnography? 63
2 Forming Literacy: Akemi's Story 65
Forming Literacy: Akemi's Story (May 1987) 69
Postscript: Reflections on Akemi's Story 92
3 Forming Literacy: Sarah's Story 97
Forming Literacy: Sarah's Story (December 1988) 101
Sarah in High School: The Struggle between Authoritative and Internally Persuasive Discourse 104
Sarah in College: Authoritative Discourse Wins Out 113
The Separation of Internally Persuasive and Authoritative Discourses 122
Postscript: Reflections on Sarah's Story 126
4 Re-forming Literacy: High School Students Become Researchers 131
Re-forming Literacy: High School Students Become Researchers (July 1988) 137
Postscript: Reflections on "High School Students Become Researchers" 156
5 Re-forming Literacy: Researchers Write Together 163
Re-forming Literacy: Researchers Write Together (June 1990) 174
Cathy's Turn 180
John's Turn 188
Susan's Turn 199
Cathy's Turn 215
6 A Postscript to Composing Teacher-Research: A Work in Progress 225
Stock: "The Function of the Anecdote in Teacher Research" 229
Schaafsma: Eating on the Street 232
Lather: Getting Smart 235
Common Threads 237
The Emergent Case Study: A Work in Progress 239
"The End of These Notes . . ." 245
Appendix A: Akemi's Writing Sample 247
Appendix B: Diery: Katy 249
Appendix C: Motivational Forces 255
Appendix D: What Fourth-Hour Students Write 259
Appendix E: Characteristics of Writing 261
Appendix F: Susan's Writing 263
Appendix G: John's Writing 269
Selected Bibliography 275
Index 283
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