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2015 July English Education, v47.4

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Level(s): College, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0007-8204


English Education
Volume 47, Number 4, July 2015

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Opening the Conversation: Handing Over the Conversation: Our Final Editorial
Leslie S. Rush and Lisa Scherff
Abstract: In this, our final editorial, we reflect back on the goals outlined in our first editorial (October 2010) and what we accomplished in the past five years. Our vision for English Education was “to continue the solid reputation for both excellence and collegiality that has been built over the last four decades” (p. 6). We hope that you, the reader, feel we were successful in meeting this vision.

Racial and Related Forms of Specialist Knowledge on English Education Blogs
Allison Skerrett, Alina Adonyi Pruitt, and Amber S. Warrington
Abstract: This article explores how the computer-mediated communication (CMC) tool of blogging served as a teaching and learning tool about diversity and inequity in English education. It analyzes the blog writings of two preservice teachers who used their blogs as a space to encourage themselves and their peers to consider racial, linguistic, and other forms of diversity and inequality, and what these issues meant for English education. The analysis advances understandings of the potentials and limits of CMCs to foster dialogue and knowledge building among preservice teachers in relation to diversity and inequality in education.

English Teachers’ Online Participation as Professional Development: A Narrative Study
Luke Rodesiler and Barbara G. Pace
Abstract: This article presents research from a qualitative study investigating five secondary English teachers’ experiences participating online (via blogs, microblogs, and social network sites) in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy. With narratives from collected interview data, the authors conducted a thematic analysis to identify common patterns and a structural analysis to underscore the narrative content. Participants constructed narratives that revealed several themes, including those addressing shifts in their teaching practices, their sense of isolation, and their identities as writers. This study stands to support more nuanced understandings of teachers’ efforts to supplement their professional growth by creating new content on the Web and engaging in active dialogue online with distant colleagues.


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