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Dr. Anne Elrod Whitney

Dr. Anne Elrod Whitney
Phone: 8148650528
Office Address:
166 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Professor of Education


Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum and Supervision
Curriculum and Instruction: English Language Arts Education
Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society
Secondary Education: English Education


Anne Whitney is a former high school English teacher. Her research addresses writing and the ways writing works in school and in life. This work has included studies in elementary, secondary, college and professional development settings, as well as non-school contexts such as churches.

Learn more about Anne's research, writing and teaching at

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum Areas

Curriculum Issues
Language, Culture, and Society Ed
Language/Literacy Ed

Methodological Research

Interpretive Research
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development

Education History

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Representative Publications

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Whitney, A. E. & Shannon, P. (2014). Metaphors, frames & fact (checks) about the Common Core. English Journal 104(2), 61-71.


Whitney, A. E., Hicks, T., Zuidema, L., Fredricksen, J., & Yagelski, R. (2014). Teachers as Writers: Then, Now, Next. Research in the Teaching of English 49(2).


Shannon, P., Whitney, A. E., & Wilson, M. (2014). The framing of the Common Core Standards. Language Arts 91(3), 293-300.


Juzwik, M., Whitney, A. E., Bell, A.B., & Smith, A. (2014). Re-thinking Personal Narrative in the Pedagogy of Writing Teacher Preparation. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education 3(1) Article 4.


Arshavskaya, E., & Whitney, A. (2014). Promoting pre-service second language (L2) teacher learning via narrative: A sociocultural perspective. Journal of Language Teaching and Research 4.


Whitney, A. E., Zuidema, L. & Fredricksen, J.  (2014).  Understanding teachers’ writing: Authority in talk and texts.  Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 20(1) 59-73.


Whitney, A. E. & Friedrich, L. (2013). Orientations: The Legacy of the National Writing Project for the Teaching of Writing. Teachers College Record 115(7).


Whitney, A.E., Olan, E. L., & Fredricksen, J. E. (2013). Experience over all: Preservice teachers and the prizing of the 'practical'. English Education, 45(2), 184-200.


Whitney, A. E. & Olcese, N. (2013). Preparing beginning teachers for hard conversations. English Journal 102(3), 106-109.


Whitney, A. E. (2013). When University Faculty Nurture Teacher Leadership: ‘Horizontal’ Practices and Values in a Professor’s Work with Teachers. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice 16(1), 71-93.


Whitney, A. E., Anderson, K., Dawson, C., Kang, S., Olan, E., Olcese, N., & Ridgeman, M. (2012).  Audience and authority in the professional writing of teacher-authors. Research in the Teaching of English 46(4), 390-419.


Whitney, A. E. (2012). Lawnmowers, parties, and writing groups: What teacher-authors have to teach us about professional writing. English Journal 101(5), 51-56.


Whitney, A. E. (2011). “I just turned in what I thought”: Authority and voice in student writing. Teaching English in the Two-Year College 9(2), 184-193.


Whitney, A. E. (2011). In search of the authentic English classroom: Facing the schoolishness of school. English Education 44(1), 51-62.


Whitney, A. E., Ridgeman, M., & Masquelier, G. (2011). Beyond “Is this OK?”: High school writers building understandings of genre. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 54(7), 525-533.


Rogers, P., Whitney, A. E., Bright, A. Cabe, R. Dewar, T., & Null, S. (2011).  Rejoining the learning circle: When inservice providers conduct research.  English Education 43(2), 171-192.


Whitney, A.E. (2010).  The voices of teachers: A resounding tradition. Catalyst for Change 36(2), 1-3.


Whitney, A. E. (2009).  Opening up the classroom door: Writing for publication.  Voices from the Middle 16(4), 17-24.


Whitney, A. E. (2009).  Writer, teacher, person: Tensions between personal and professional writing in a National Writing Project summer institute.  English Education 41(3), 236-259.


Whitney, A. (2009). Who and what gets published: Teachers as authors in NCTE journals.  English Education 41 (2), 101-113.


Whitney, A.  (2008).  Teacher transformation in the National Writing Project. Research in the Teaching of English 43 (2), 144-187.


Whitney, A., Blau, S. Brown, A., Cabe, R. Dewar, T., Levin, J., Macias, R., & Rogers, P. (2008).  Beyond strategies: Teacher practice, writing process, and the influence of inquiry. English Education 40(3).  Winner of the 2009 Janet Emig Award.


Reprinted in Cappello, M. & Moss, B. (2010).  Contemporary Readings in Literacy Education.  Los Angeles: Sage.


Whitney, A. (2007). Literary interpretation and writing-to-learn: Commentaries in a Milton course. Journal of Teaching Writing, 23 (1), 31-56.


Whitney, A. (2006). Writing by the book: The emergence of the journaling self-help book. Issues in Writing, 15 (2), 188-214.


Dipardo, A., Whitney, A., Fleischer, C., Johnson, T. S., Mayher, J., McCracken, N., Miller, J., Stock, P. L., Zancanella, D., & Zuidema, L. (2006). Understanding the relationships between research and teaching. English Education, 38 (4), 295-311.