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Sarah Beck

Associate Professor of English Education (On Leave 2019-2020)

Teaching and Learning

Sarah W. Beck is Associate Professor of English Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt. A former teacher of English and writing at both the high school and college levels, she obtained her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology with a focus on language and literacy development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002, where she also worked in HGSE’s Teacher Education Programs as supervisor and instructor of student teachers. Since coming to NYU, she has conducted research with NYC public school students and teachers on the teaching and learning of subject-specific literacy, and the nature of academic writing. Her research interests include writing instruction and assessment, adolescent writing development; urban education; and the development of knowledge for teaching among in-service and pre-service teachers. Dr. Beck’s research has been published in Research in the Teaching of EnglishEducational ResearcherJournal of Literacy ResearchCambridge Journal of EducationAssessing Writing, and the Yearbook of the National Reading Conference.

Selected Publications

  • Beck, S. (2018). A think-aloud approach to writing assessment: Analyzing process and product with adolescent writers. Teachers College Press. [book]https://www.tcpress.com/a-think-aloud-approach-to-writing-assessment-9780807759509
  • Beck, S., Cavdar, D., & Wahrman, A. (2018). Learning to teach writing through dialogic assessment. English Education, 50, 4, 305-336.
  • Beck, S.Llosa, L., Black, K. & Anderson, A. T. G. (2018). From assessment to instruction in writing: What do high school teachers prioritize? Assessing Writing, 37, 68-77.
  • Beck, S. (2017). Educational innovation as re-mediation: A sociocultural perspective. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 16, 1, 29-39.
  • Beck, S. (2016).“Telling tales out of school.” In, K. Scott and A. Henward (Eds), Women Education Scholars and Their Children's Schools.” (111-124). New York: Routledge.
  • Beck, S., Llosa, L., Black, K., & Trzeszkowski-Giese, A. (2015). Beyond the rubric: Think-alouds as a diagnostic assessment tool for high school writing teachers. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58, 8, 670-681.

Courses

Doctoral Seminar in Written Discourse

Examines theory and research in the teaching of composition.Also considers the role of the practitioner in creating knowledge in the areas of composition teaching.
Course #
ENGED-GE 3919
Units
3
Term
Spring
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