Research in the Teaching of English

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By Raquel Salinas

Research in the Teaching of English (RTE) is a journal started in 1967 and published by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).  It is peer-reviewed and geared towards professionals in the field of education. RTE is published four times a year – August, November, February, and May.

 The journal’s focus is on the teaching and learning of English language literacies from preschool through adult.  It not only covers research and case studies in the classroom but other forms of literacy such as what is found on the television and how it affects families.  The “At Last” section of the journal also includes essays by scholars in the field who explain their perspective or reflection on theory, methods, practices, and policies.

 Although some of the articles are easier to read than others, RTE seems to be written for professionals in the education field.  The average person may not bother reading it since one may find it boring or even confusing.  However, if one needs to look for specifics in the area of English language literacies, one may have to simply concentrate a little more for comprehension.  We “education professionals” do this too when we are required to read assigned journals, articles, books, manuals, etc.  This journal is definitely not meant to be a magazine for easy leisurely reading, although some professionals may read to keep up with current research and see what leading scholars have to say about certain policies or theories that have recently come into the spotlight.  The articles are probably best used for more serious in depth research.  I would not expect this journal to be on the coffee table at the local doctor’s office.

 I noticed that several of the articles had research based on race, nationality, and culture.  They discussed the positive and negative effects of English literacy methodologies on students and families.   These articles would help students and professionals who are researching learning differences in various cultures.  I personally found this very interesting because contrary to popular belief, different cultures do require different forms of pedagogy and methodologies, if for no other reason that to hold on to their native culture.  I do not mean a completely different set of rules but somethings need to be adjusted in order for everyone “to be on an even playing field”.

 Something interesting that I found out about RTE is that it changes editors every five years.  On the NCTE website, where the journal can be found, there is a link that gives  information about becoming an editor.  It explains the procedure and that editors change every 5 years.

Overall, I found this journal to be quite informative, interesting, and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about English language literacy.

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