Title

A National Study of Exemplary Writing Methods Instructors’ Course Assignments

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-26-2019

Keywords

fsc2019

Abstract

In response to the dearth of research on K to 6 teacher preparation for teaching writing, we investigated writing methods course instructors’ course assignments. Participants’ courses met the following criteria: (a) Courses taken by undergraduate elementary teacher candidates; (b) Writing methods courses; (c) Use of exemplary writing instructional practices; and (d) Direct writing instruction with field application opportunities. Cross-case analysis revealed that despite vastly different teacher preparation programs and contexts, assignments were highly similar and focused on developing the candidates’ self as writer or on becoming a teacher of writing. Assignments highlighted in the findings illuminate how exemplary writing methods course instructors support candidates’ development and may be applied to programs seeking to create or to strengthen a writing methods course. Future directions for research are explored.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/19388071.2019.1575496

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