Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Publication Date

7-5-2012

Abstract

This study explores the identity constructions of two cohorts of preservice teachers enrolled in English methods courses during a semester of field experience. This research employs a qualitative methodology and documents the nature of participants responses posted to online wiki forum. Data sources include archived electronic interactions and course assignments such as reflective journals. Constant-comparative method as described by Creswell (2007), content analysis as described by Marshall & Rossman (2006), and Gee's (2003) notion of affinity identity are used to examine the discourses and ideologies of methods students as they construct notions of English teacher identity. Study findings indicate a focus on the social practices of the domain of teaching secondary English and an absence of English Language Arts pedagogy and content, suggesting that developing teachers perceive the identity of an English teacher as a solitary, selfless giver who is responsible for nearly every aspect of classroom experience and interaction.'

Keywords

High school teachers -- Attitudes -- Case studies, English teachers -- Attitudes -- Case studies, English teachers -- Training of -- Case studies, High school teachers -- Training of -- Case studies, Student teachers -- Attitudes -- Case studies

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Degree Name

English Education

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor

Zancanella, Donald

First Committee Member (Chair)

Pence, Lucrecia (Penny)

Second Committee Member

Haniford, Laura

Third Committee Member

Alsup, Janet

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