This multiple case study (Merriam, 1988) examined the relationships between the life stories of six high school English teachers and the ways those teachers think about and practice writing instruction. Multiple interviews were conducted with each participant over a period of two months, during which the participants shared stories from their lives and talked about themselves as writing teachers. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, broken into story units, and analyzed using the constant comparative method (Strauss and Corbin 1990). Classroom observations and artifacts served as additional forms of data. The perspective that teachers' personal narratives can contribute to an understanding of the complex influences that help shape their beliefs about teaching and their resulting classroom practices was used to inform the analysis (Clandinin and Connelly, 2000; Goodson and Cole, 1993).As she talked about her current writing instruction, she continued to construct the theme of being a teacher-guide in almost every aspect of her professional life. From a planning standpoint, Beth admitted to doing very little to prepare for most elements of writing instruction, unlike the first ... I cana#39;t leave a lesson plan for that.
|Title||:||Writing Their Lives: Exploring the Connections Between High School English Teachers' Life Histories and Writing Instruction|
|Author||:||Brian Lee Lawrence|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|