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1 Exploring Relationships Among Teacher’s Schema of Effective Practice, Enacted Practice, & Student Learning A Study of Text-Based Writing Tasks in Reading Instruction Elaine Wang University of Pittsburgh Learning Sciences & Policy Ph.D. Program Milestone Two Presentation August 23, 2012

2 Defining the Issue Image from Schemas for teaching & learning policy curricula = motives or goals Perceived Constraints Enacted Practice Student Learning

3 Purpose of Study This study aimed to investigate and generate hypotheses about the relationships among teachers’ schema of effective practice, their enacted practice, and student learning, specifically around text-based writing tasks in reading instruction at the fourth grade. Some questions the resulting hypotheses might address: Do particular teacher schemas seem associated with particular student learning? Which factors might moderate the relationship between teachers’ schema of effective practice and enacted practice? Which elements of schema of effective practice might be more susceptible to constraints in enacted practice? What might (mis)alignment between teacher’s schema and enacted practice mean for student learning?

4 Significance of Study Better understanding of the relationship between teachers’ schema of effective practice and enacted practice could improve student learning Identification of constraints that hinder teachers from enacting ideal instruction could lead to interventions or PD that explicitly address these concerns and perceptions Recognizing role of teachers’ schema has implications for supporting instruction aligned with approach advocated by standards and frameworks

5 Theoretical Frameworks

6 Schema Theory Schemas help individuals understand the world by organizing one’s assumptions or accumulated knowledge into distinct and strongly interconnected patterns that are later accessed (Anderson, 1977; Bartlett, 1932; Piaget, 1926). Schemas have the potential to instigate action; they can function as motives or goals (d’Andrade, 1992). Areas of theoretical work on teaching reflecting this function of schemas: Mathematics teaching and learning (Ernest, 1988) Teacher decision-making framework (Bishop & Whitfield 1972) Policy implementation research (Coburn, 2004; Spillane, Reiser, & Reimer, 2002)

7 Research on & Frameworks for Examining Writing Tasks Examination of writing task includes characterizing cognitive demand of prompt, rigor of evaluation criteria, accepted student responses (Doyle, 1983; Matsumura, 2003), and teacher feedback (Hattie & Gan, 2011; Hattie & Timperley, 2007) Writing Task Instruction Evaluation Criteria Feedback Student Responses Prompt

8 Characterizing Cognitive Demand of Tasks Ambiguity and risk (Doyle, 1983; Doyle & Carter, 1984) Cognitive rigor (Matsumura et al., 2003) Taxonomy of Skills for Reading and Interpreting Fiction (Hillocks & Ludlow, 1984) Bloom’s Taxonomy Revised (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2011) Depth of Knowledge (Webb, 2002)

9 Methods

10 Research Design, Context & Participants Qualitative exploratory comparative case study (Yin, 1994); theory- building case study (Einsenhardt, 1989) Three 4 th grade language arts teachers from three schools in a public district in mid-Atlantic state Second-year participants in larger project Sample representative of larger group of 59 teachers Name 1 M/ F RaceDegreeYrs. Exp. Class Size A-AFree/ Red. Lunch Prior Achiev. (Basic-Prof.-Adv.) Factor Score (%tile) ArleneFCauc.Doct.3022 100%73%36%-50%-5%42 nd ChristineFCauc.Bach.622 68%55%5%-64%-23%73 rd JulieFCauc.Mast.925 64%9%5%-68%-27%26 th

11 Data Collection Schema of Effective Practice Enacted Practice Perceived Constraints Student Learning Outcome Quantitative (from larger study) - 2 sets of survey items - 6 task ratings- 1 set of survey items - 2010 & 2011 Standardized test scores - RTA ratings (class set) Qualitative- 2 60-min semi- structured interviews - 6 tasks- 2 60-min semi- structured Interviews - RTA (class set & focal responses) -What ought to be the role or purpose of text-based writing tasks? -What should an effective text-based writing task look like? -Plus artifact-based q’s -Cover sheet -Task -Assessment scheme -4 pieces of graded student work (2 med., 2 high) -“Overall, how do you think Otis feels about his decision to hire the Tomcat? Explain…using 3-4 examples” (Correnti et al., 2012) - RTA (class set & focal responses)

12 Focal Students SexA-A Free/Red Lunch Avg 2010 State Test Score Avg Gain Score 2010-11 Arlene n=6 4M, 2F6 (100%)5 (83%)416.009 Christine n=6 3M, 3F5 (83%)1 (17%)424.502 Julie n=9 1M, 8F0 (0%)1 (11%)422.6717

13 Qualitative Data Analysis Transcription  Multiple re-readings, analytic memos, iterative inductive coding, constant comparative method  Descriptive case study write-ups  Cross-case comparisons with matrix displays (Eisenhardt, 1989; Glaser & Strauss, 1967; Miles & Huberman, 1994)

14 Schema of Effective Practice: Sample Categories & Codes 1. Main goal of reading instruct. 2. Role of text- based writing tasks 3. Ideal form of text-based writing prompts 4. Ideal text-based writing prompts 1.1 Comprehend text literally 2.1 To confirm understanding of plot & characters 3.1 Brief constructed responses 4.1 Comprehen- sion of discrete information 1.2 Apply strategies & skills 2.2 To convey in writing ideas from discussion 3.2 Response journals 4.2 Summary of plot events 1.3 Make text to self connections 2.3 To explore ideas freely 3.3 Extended essays 4.3 Descriptive Characterization 1.4 Understand big ideas/themes 2.4 To argue a point of view 3.4 Multiple-choice responses 4.4 Analysis of how text elements 1.5 Apply themes to real life 2.5 To form an opinion based on ideas in text 3.5 Graphic organizers 4.5 Opinion-based interpretation / application of text

15 Enacted Practice: Sample Category Codes Writing Task Instruction Evaluation Criteria Feedback Student Responses Prompt - cognitive demand - skill - form of task - focal literary element - type of writing - required use of text - pre-writing instructional activities - form of scheme - criteria - levels - quality of high vs. medium - variation - amount - nature - level

16 Perceived Constraints: Sample Categories & Codes StateDistrictSchoolClassroom/ Teacher Student Policy/Organiz ational State testing Formative testing Department alization Rules & routines CurricularState standards FrameworkPacingSupport Resources EnvironmentalGeneral Climate Ability grouping Class size Human Resources Support Personnel ColleaguesSupport Personnel InstructionalInter-grade coordinat. Grading IntrapersonalPatience Teaching strategies Behavior Prior knowledge (Buechler, 1991; Duffy & Roebler, 1986)

17 Student Learning Outcome Sample Categories Understanding of nuance of text Cognitive level at which students approach task Extent to which prompt is addressed Claims made Reasons given in support of claims Relevance and nature of textual evidence Explanation of inferences

18 Findings & Discussion

19 Schema of Effective Practice & Enacted Practice ElementSchemaEnactedSchemaEnactedSchemaEnacted Main goal of reading inst. comprehend text literally /summarize accurately comprehend text literally, on a surface level learn & apply reading strategies & skills apply reading strategies make thematic connection & application to real life apply big ideas to real life Role of text-based writing tasks communicate freely, authentically; communicate ideas from discussion identify fragmented text info about characters and plot communicate ideas from discussion explain how elements help readers; comprehend plot express supported opinion express opinion about big ideas in text Prompt: Cognitive Process summary / analysis basic comprehensi on analysisbasic inference; BCR opinion- based interpretation Prompt: Form authentic, non- formulaic, BCR graphic organizers multi-part, open ended; BCR BCR; graphic organizer open response short open responses CodedArleneChristineJulie

20 Representative Enacted Writing Task PromptFormFocus ArleneName three traits for a character, and identify one piece of textual evidence for each trait. Graphic Organizer Character ChristineExplain how the author uses sensory details to help readers visualize. Provide supporting details from the text. BCRAuthor’s craft / Text element JulieRespond to one of four opinion-type questions on big ideas addressed in the story. Provide text support. (e.g., Why is it important for everyone to have something to believe in?) Short answer Big idea

21 Schema of Effective Practice & Enacted Practice ElementSchemaEnactedSchemaEnactedSchemaEnacted Instruction /Guidance discuss prompt; model w/other text discuss prompt; group work w/prompt; model w/text discuss prompt; group work w/prompt; model response discuss prompt; graphic org.; model w/text ensure und. of prompt discuss text; complete graphic org for text; no direct teach- ing of prompt Feedback Form/Proces s conference; peer feedback; “authentic” limited conferences post exemplary responses, comments in margins, conference, allow rewrite written comments conference, narrative comments, allow revisions discuss response w/peer& revise before submission, written comments CodedArleneChristineJulie

22 Coherence Between Schema & Enacted Practice Coded Element ArleneChristineJulie PromptContentweak/ InstructionProcessstrong Assessmen t Contentmed. Formweak strong FeedbackContentn/amed.strong Form/Processmed. Overall Trend weak/

23 StateDistrictSchoolClassroom/T eacher Student Policy/Organiz ational Curricular Instructional Intrapersonal ARLENE CHRIS. JULIE Perceived Constraints Arlene Julie

24 Student Learning nFully addresses prompt w/full text Partially addresses prompt w/part of text Characteriza tion of Character’s Feelings SummaryPersonal Response Copied Text Arlene2015%25%40%10%5% Chris.2119%38%29%5%10%0% Julie2245%32%5%14%5%0% nFully addresses prompt w/full text Partially addresses prompt w/part of text Characterization of Character’s Feelings Arlene6033%66% Christine917%50%33% Julie956%33%11%

25 Emergent Hypotheses of Relationships Among Constructs 1. Enacted practice at least partially aligns with or follows from schema of effective practice. 2. Enacted practice significantly influences student learning. 3. Perception of high-level policy-oriented constraints is associated with greater inconsistencies between schema of effective instruction and enacted instruction. 4. The content and form of the prompt (along with the feedback process) are most susceptible to perceived constraints.

26 …Emergent Hypotheses of Relationships Among Constructs 5. Coherence among elements of the schema is associated with stronger practice and student outcome. 6. Prioritizing tasks requiring analysis or interpretation of text is associated with better student outcome. 7. A schema of effective instruction (and enacted practice) that focuses on providing extensive, explicit guidance on the given prompt hinders students’ development of higher-level thinking skills.

27 Limitations

28 Methodological Limitations Small sample size Inter-rater agreement pending Focus on text-based writing tasks

29 Questions & Comments

30 References

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33 Writing Task Evaluation Criteria Instruction Prompt Student Responses

34 Writing Task - cognitive demand - skill - form of task - focal literary element - type of writing - required use of text - pre-writing instructional activities - criteria - levels - quality of high vs. medium - variation Evaluation Criteria Instruction Prompt Student Responses

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