ERIC Number: ED415503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
On the Brink: Negotiating Literature and Life with Adolescents. Language and Literacy Series.
Replete with lessons for educators, this book reports in a personal way on a middle school classroom study undertaken by a teacher researcher that was to last 1 year but ended up lasting 6 years. The book contains the social and cultural forces that influence adolescents' literacy development--for instance, taking a hard look at the race and gender issues that lie just beneath the surface of classroom dynamics. It also explores of difficult pedagogical questions--most importantly, how to infuse reading within the school walls with the passion many students privately bring to their own writing (to make literature "connect to the inside"). The classroom experiences considered support a more activist, critical constructivist approach, without minimizing the difficulties faced by teachers of literature as they attempt to negotiate the complicated social, cultural, and political arenas of their own classrooms. Chapters in the book are, as follows: (1) Literature and Literacy as Sociopolitical Practices; (2) On School Bells and Bumblebees: The World of the Young Adolescent; (3) Falling Apart and Coming Together: Constructing a Literate Community in the Middle Grades; (4) Kianna: "If You Look Hard Enough You Will See a Butterfly"; (5) Jason: "Strong as a Pencil"; (6) Another First Day: Revising the Learner-Centered Classroom; (7) Is There an "A" Reader in This Class?: Angel and Samantha; (8) "Can 'the Gifted' Play Football": Luis; (9) Reconstructing Constructivism; and (10) Aftermath. An appendix provides a closer look at methods and analyses. (NKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Classroom Research, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Context, Educational Environment, Junior High Schools, Literacy, Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Reading Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs, Urban Education, Writing Instruction
Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020; telephone: 800-575-6566 (cloth: ISBN-0-8077-3688-0; paperback: ISBN-0-8077-3687-2 ($20.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.