Samantha Caughlan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Laura Renzi, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- The Methods Commission will be reporting on the results of the survey mentioned above and the syllabus analysis over the next academic year.