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Cultivating a learner's stance for engagement in teacher-inquiry: An aim for writing pedagogy education

Jessica Rivera-Mueller, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation argues that writing teacher educators (WTEs) can more purposefully advance their commitment to sponsoring inquiry-oriented teacher development by helping pre-service and practicing writing teachers examine how they are developing as inquirers. Building from scholarship in Composition and English Education and the findings from a narrative-based qualitative study that included four secondary and post-secondary teachers of writing, I have named this attention to how teachers learn and grow their inquiry processes a learner’s stance for engagement in teacher-inquiry. This stance is a readiness to see and engage professional work with an eye toward growing one’s ability to engage in teacher-inquiry. Drawing from Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger’s theory of learning, legitimate peripheral participation, I present three kinds of learning activities that WTEs can foreground in teacher education contexts to cultivate a learner’s stance. These activities include: developing goals for teacher development, exploring tensions involved in the interpretation of teaching moments, and negotiating stakeholder positions. Using findings from the qualitative study, the dissertation chapters demonstrate how these learning activities enable teachers to examine and develop the frameworks supporting their inquiry practices. Additionally, the conclusion offers concrete ways that WTEs can implement these activities in teacher education courses.

Subject Area

Pedagogy|Teacher education

Recommended Citation

Rivera-Mueller, Jessica, "Cultivating a learner's stance for engagement in teacher-inquiry: An aim for writing pedagogy education" (2016). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI10139946.