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English Education, Vol. 43, No. 4, July 2011

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  • Opening the Conversation: What Is English? Revisiting the Nature of Our Discipline with Past Editors Allen Berger and Gordon Pradl

    Leslie S. Rush and Lisa Scher

    Abstract: In this issue we feature the third of four guest editorials in honor of NCTE’s 100th anniversary. We welcome Allen Berger, who was editor from 1979 to 1986, and Gordon Pradl, who was coeditor—along with Mary K. Healey—from 1986 to 1993. As with the January and April editorials, we asked our former editors to respond to a question from one of their own editorials: What is English? How do student achievement and teacher competency affect the public’s perception of what it means to be an English teacher?

  • The Vulnerable Population of Teacher-Researchers; Or, “Why I Can’t Name My Coauthors”

    Brian White

    Abstract: Educational researchers are accustomed to institutional review board (IRB) requirements (e.g., protecting participants) with students often identified as the only “vulnerable population” for IRB purposes. However, as practitioner research has gained more prominence, the vulnerability of teacher-researchers themselves has begun to surface. In this article I tell the stories of teachers who felt ostracized as a result of engaging in research and publication. Drawing on research from Scandinavia and Australia, I present some reasons why teachers might seek to “cut down” colleagues who conduct and publish research. Finally, I present suggestions for university-based researchers and teacher educators who wish to help practitioner researchers prepare for any potential backlash as well as some questions for future research.

  • Service Learning and the Preparation of English Teachers

    Heidi L. Hallman and Melanie N. Burdick

    Abstract: In this article, service learning is explored as a pedagogical third space from which preservice teachers learn to teach the New English education. We argue that such a space has the potential to foster preservice English teachers’ understanding of their role and identity as future teachers and how this identity is always relative to the students they teach. Drawing from a study of 19 preservice English teachers’ experiences with service learning, we discuss three themes relevant to service learning and the preparation of English teachers: (1) service learning as a pedagogical third space for English teachers, (2) service learning as fostering the disruption of a teaching mythology, and (3) service learning as promoting a recognition of the New English education. Further, we propose that service learning can encourage prospective English teachers to complicate notions of teacher/student, official/unofficial language, singular authority/pluralistic power, and server/served.

  • Extending the Conversation: Seeing Our City, Students, and School: Using Photography to Engage Diverse Youth with Our English Classes

    Kristien Zenkov, James Harmon, Athene Bell, Marriam Ewaida, and Megan R. Lynch

    Abstract: In this article a team of English teachers and teacher educators reflect on both their involvement with the photovoice project Through Students’ Eyes (TSE) and on the photographic and written data of their students’ perspectives on school. After working with hundreds of youth involved with TSE for most of the past decade, they consider why they have been involved with the project, what it has meant for them as English teachers, the nature of their university/school collaborations, how the project has mattered to their students, and how it might matter to other English educators. The authors describe how they have gained knowledge of their students, maintained a professional humility, and recognized the importance of asking youth and themselves about the value of school.

  • Announcements

  • English Education Reviewers for 2010

  • Author Index to Volume 43

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