Using a Text-Based Verbal Protocol to Elicit Secondary English Teachers' Perspectives on New Literacies

Elizabeth C. Lewis, Kelly Chandler-Olcott

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This article reports on the use of a text-based verbal protocol (Afflerbach, 2000) situated within individual interviews to elicit secondary English teachers' perspectives on new literacies (Albers & Harste, 2007; Coiro, Knobel, Lankshear, & Leu, 2008). Ranging significantly in their teaching experience and comfort with new media and digital technologies, the 16 participants were affiliated with the English department in a well-respected suburban high school in the northeast United States. Protocol data were supplemented by brief researcher-designed questionnaires and focus group interviews. The article provides background about verbal protocols; discusses how the protocol for the study was designed; shares patterns from the protocol-related data; proposes adjustments to maximize benefits and address constraints associated with the approach for future research; and discusses the significance of this work for literacy researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-213
Number of pages18
JournalLiteracy Research and Instruction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012



  • qualitative research
  • teacher education
  • technology
  • verbal protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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