Given the rise in minority enrollment and the continued dominance of white female teachers, this study examined perceptions of teacher immediacy in the cross--cultural context of white female teachers teaching African American male high school students. Participating teachers and students engaged in a journal writing dialogue over the course of a semester. Additionally, the Rating of Alter Competence Scale was administered to students to evaluate their perceptions of their teachers' immediacy. Journal data was analyzed to identify seven descriptors of teacher immediacy: flexibility, empathy, comfortableness, supportiveness, respectfulness, trustworthiness and likeability. The study concluded that immediate teachers not only demonstrate the above characteristics in their written communication with students, but that they enact narratives that value process over product and the construction of knowledge above transmission.... him to compose an essay on this theme and Laura allows her students to make frequent decisions about writing topics. ... When Randall wavers about submitting an intimate essay about his relationship with his father to the school literaryanbsp;...
|Title||:||Teaching with Immediacy: A Relational Study of African American Male High School Students and Their White Female Language Arts Teachers Engaged in a Journal Dialogue|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|