Monday, May 2, 2011

Annotated Research in English (6)

Topics: Types of Teachers; Childhood Reading and Adults; YA (Young Adult) Literature.

Types of Teachers
Question: What are some types of teachers?

Answer: “Found three types of teachers: the escapist, the pragmatist, and the intellectual adventurer.” LD Walker. 1988. P. 455.

Comment: Strangely, I’ve never tried to pigeonhole teachers into types. Having not read the dissertation in which this information was found, I can’t tell you what the “escapist” teacher is, and I can only speculate about the pragmatist. I had no trouble labeling myself as the intellectual adventurer type. RayS.

Childhood Reading and Adults
Question: Do adults remember the books they read as children?

Answer: “Eighty-eight percent of respondents were able to identify a book from childhood, with both classic and less familiar books identified.” SJ Imdieke. 1989. P. 456.

Comment: I’m curious. Why couldn’t the other twelve percent remember a childhood book they had read? RayS.

YA (Young Adult) Literature
Question: Why should pre-service teachers read YA literature?

Answer: “The readings helped familiarize pre-service teachers with young adolescents.” SM Digni. 1989. P. 457.

Comment: The same is true when reading children’s literature. The pre-service teacher learns again what it is like to be a child and to see the world through the eyes of a child. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1990), 441-457.

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