A story of stories: A study of bilingual teachers' educational histories and classroom narratives
AuthorJurich, Donna Louise
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis narrative study focuses on the stories of two bilingual elementary teachers. The teachers participated in a series of in-depth phenomenological interviews examining the relationship between their stories of becoming bilingual teachers and their current bilingual teaching practices. The stories were analyzed and represented in two ways, first in terms of story structure and second for themal coherence. The analysis of story structure was based on the work of William Labov (1972, 1982) and revealed ways in which these story tellers crafted complex narratives using specific, general, and hypothetical stories, as well as embedding stories Within stories. In addition, the stories were analyzed for themes that created threads of themal coherence (Agar & Hobbs, 1982, 1985) woven through all three interviews. The analysis of themal coherence revealed that issues that emerge in teachers' life stories also appear in their narratives of classroom practice. In addition, the study underscores the complexity of narrative research in terms of issues such as ownership, authority and representation.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Teaching and Teacher Education