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Commission on English Methods Teaching and Learning - Previous Revision

Commission Co-Chairs:

Samantha Caughlan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Laura Renzi, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Commission Liaison:

Doris Williams-Smith, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA


To inform membership regarding trends and issues in the design of English methods courses and their effect on teacher learning.

Current Projects:
  1. We have created a survey that has gone out to over 600 English educators across the country to gather information about how English teachers are prepared. Participants are also encouraged to attach a copy of their methods syllabi for analysis.  We are sending out this survey in waves; by the end of January 2013, we will have sent out the survey to over 1000 participants.
  2. We have submitted a grant to IES to continue the study of how English Teachers are prepared (a follow-up to Smagorinsky and Whiting’s 1995 study) and to investigate how different methods of preparation result in differences in teaching practice.  This proposal is still pending
  3. We have a review of the literature on how English methods courses have changed to meet the challenges of 21st-century classrooms under review with Review of Educational Research
  4. The Methods Commission will be reporting on the results of the survey mentioned above and the syllabus analysis over the next academic year.

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