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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tenore, Frank Blake
Author's Email Address tenoref@hartwick.edu
URN etd-06112014-092647
Title Language as an Identification Resource in Secondary English Teacher Preparation: An Analysis of Discourses
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
H. Richard Milner, IV Committee Co-Chair
Kevin M. Leander Committee Co-Chair
Mark L. Schoenfield Committee Member
Victoria J. Risko Committee Member
  • classroom discourse
  • teacher candidate identity
  • teacher candidate development
  • teacher candidate learning
  • preservice teachers
  • preservice English teachers
  • teacher learning
  • teacher development
  • secondary English
  • English education
  • secondary teacher education
Date of Defense 2014-02-24
Availability unrestricted
Teaching, Learning, and Diversity

Language as an Identification Resource in Secondary English Teacher Preparation:

An Analysis of Discourses

Frank Blake Tenore

Dissertation under the direction of Professors Kevin M. Leander and H. Richard Milner, IV

The topic of the research presented here was teacher educators’ and teacher candidates’ talk as an identification resource in the coursework of an undergraduate and Master’s level secondary English teacher preparation program. Two research questions framed this study: What identity constructions of English teacher are available in the discourses of secondary English teacher preparation? How are the discourses and available identifications transformed through language use in course meetings? Participants in the study were two English teacher educators, twenty teacher candidates enrolled in two secondary English methods courses at a mid-sized, private, urban university, and five teacher candidates who agreed to participate in interviews and one focus group. Qualitative methods for data collection and analysis were used including semi-structured interviews, classroom observations with video- and audio-recording, constant comparative analysis, and discourse analysis. Findings were that participants’ talk was connected to prominent Discourses in the fields of English education and teacher education. Talk in the courses created specific identification opportunities for teacher candidates. Teacher candidates accepted, rejected, and transformed the available identifications through specific language use and genres of talk. Findings from this study have implications for structures and practices in teacher education and contribute to theory building of how teacher candidates become teachers who identify, or not, with particular conceptions of English teacher.

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Kevin M. Leander, Ph.D.

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H. Richard Milner, IV, Ph.D.

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