Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Kevin Eric Depew
Louise Wetherbee Phelps
This study developed after a program review of my current English department. The review pointed to a lack of coherence within our required writing curriculum. To learn more about my colleagues’ practices and values in writing instruction and to discover similarities and strengths that might guide our curricular revisions, I devised a multiple method, descriptive study of my colleagues’ pedagogies. I initially distributed surveys and used four key pedagogical taxonomies from writing studies scholarship (current-traditional rhetoric, expressivism, cultural studies and critical pedagogy, and rhetoric and argumentation) to analyze the survey data. Finding these taxonomies to be inadequate frameworks for understanding my colleagues’ practices, I then constructed three schemas (reading/writing, academic/real world/personal writing, and institution/instructor/student goals) and used them to analyze the writing pedagogies of three colleagues in detailed case studies, whose data consisted of interviews, classroom observations, and course documents. The data and my analysis revealed that faculty members engage in a complex process to determine and implement their pedagogy, a process I label crafting a pedagogical identity. I suggest that this process, in combination with David Gold’s argument for a values-based view of pedagogy and Bruce McComiskey’s connection of identification and articulation, may be beneficial for writing program administrators as they seek to balance faculty members’ pedagogical interests and identities with curricular coherence.
Serfling, Nathan A..
"Crafting A Pedagogical Identity: A Multiple-Method Examination of an English Department’s Writing Pedagogy"
(2019). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/q5n2-n492