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Jennifer VanDerHeide

 Assistant Professor
  Department of Teacher Education
 Ph.D., The Ohio State University
 350 Erickson
Jennifer VanDerHeide’s scholarship focuses on teacher learning of dialogic teaching and writing instruction, student writing development over time, and the connections between classroom interaction and learning to write, specifically within the context of the teaching and learning of argumentative writing. As a member of the Argumentative Writing Project at Ohio State University, she explored effective instructional practices for teaching argumentative writing in secondary schools and students’ developmental trajectories for learning argumentative writing, particularly focusing on student learning of literary argument. From this work, she is interested in the contextualized nature of writing and learning to write and the tensions that arise between what counts as learning to write within a particular context and high-stakes, decontextualized measures of writing achievement. Her current projects involve a study of preservice teachers’ learning of dialogic practices, mentor teachers’ roles in supporting this learning, and how teacher education programs can support mentors in their work.

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