Nature of the Work to be Considered: The award will recognize the outstanding refereed article in the past volume year of College English that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship, research, theory, or pedagogy in English Studies.
Dates of Articles to be Considered: articles to be considered will be chosen from the College English volume year, September through July in the year prior to selection. The first award was given for the 2000-2001 issues of the journal.
Presentation: The award winner will be announced at the College Celebration at the NCTE Annual Convention.
2012 Award Recipient: Amy J. Wan
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2012 Russell Award Recipient
Judith A. Langer, "Envisioning Knowledge: Building Literacy in the Academic Disciplines"
This book explores the nature of effective envisionment building (the construction of knowledge through active engagement in reading, writing, and thinking)in the content areas. Langer maintains that students construct understanding differently based upon whether their goal is to gain information or to engage in a literary experience.
One type of thinking focuses on points of reference while the other orientation is concerned with horizons of possibility. Further, Langer argues that academic literacy is best taught and learned within each discipline because of the different skills and strategies students use to gain meaning and build knowledge. Her work is theoretically profound and yet practical at the same time because she gives detailed examples of disciplinary thinking and teaching across the curriculum and at different grade levels.
Especially in light of the Common Core Standards and its emphasis on teachers' shared responsibility for fostering literacy across the curriculum, “Langer's book gives us rich analyses of the kind of instruction that supports students' development as critical and creative thinkers.” Building on Langer's earlier work, Envisioning Literature, it also validates the important role that the teaching of literature plays in the development of academic literacy.
“This thoughtful book provides food for thought for researchers and classroom teachers alike.”
Russell Award recipients
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Established in 1963 as the Distinguished Research Award; renamed in 1966 to honor the Council’s late President David H. Russell; given by the Selection Committee for the NCTE Russell Research Award for an outstanding work of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning, published during the previous five years
Any work or works of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning published during the past five years (i.e., between January 2008 and December 2012) are eligible. Works nominated for the David H. Russell Award should be exemplary instances of the genre, address broad research questions, contain material that is accessibly reported, and reflect a project that stands the test of time. Normally, anthologies are not considered. Reports of doctoral studies, while not precluded from consideration for the Russell Award, are typically considered as part of NCTE's separate "Promising Researcher" program. Works nominated for the award must be available in the English language. For more information
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Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship funds will provide funding for professional development experiences for English/Language Arts teachers in public educational institutions. The purpose of the scholarship is to support postgraduate training to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching.