ERIC Number: ED381607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Inventing a Classroom. Life in a Bilingual, Whole Language Learning Community.
Whitmore, Kathryn F.; Crowell, Caryl G.
This book is based on research conducted in a bilingual, (Spanish and English) working-class neighborhood third-grade classroom. It is a qualitative, ethnographic study of the classroom as a system that uses exemplary teaching to show how whole language learning can be explained as a tension between personal invention and social convention. The Sunshine Room, as the classroom was called, evolved throughout the 2 years of the study. The four critical events that are narrated were: (1) the process of negotiating curriculum for the year; (2) the creation of a theme cycle about the Middle Ages; (3) the vicarious experience of war through children's literature and discussion; and (4) a friendship between two children from different cultures. In keeping with the whole language approach, the classroom exemplified a high level of intellectual expectation, symmetric power and trust relationships, authentic language and literacy events, and additive bilingualism and biliteracy. Thirty-three figures illustrate the discussion. Four appendixes present bibliographies for the study of the Middle Ages and war and peace, a whole-language checklist, and an excerpt from a classroom script. (Contains 190 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Ethnography, Grade 3, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Primary Education, Qualitative Research, War, Whole Language Approach, Working Class
Stenhouse Publishers, 226 York Street, York, ME 03909 ($18.50).
Publication Type: Books
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