ERIC Number: ED448409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Ideas without Boundaries: International Education Reform through Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking.
Klooster, David J., Ed.; Steele, Jeannie L., Ed.; Bloem, Patricia L., Ed.
In the years since its origin in 1997, the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) project has become a wellspring of human stories about teaching and changing, about reaching across cultural and language divides to find deep conceptual and interpersonal harmonies that lead to reform. This collection presents chapters written by educators who have participated in RWCT since its beginnings, explaining first-hand the lessons learned by those involved and offering a truly cross-cultural perspective. Under Section 1, Goals and Contexts for Educational Reform, are the following chapters: (1) "The Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project: A Framework for School Change" (Jeannie L. Steele); (2) "The Political and Historical Context for Educational Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia" (Kurtis S. Meredith); and (3) "Interactive Literacy Education, Engaged Citizenship, and Open Societies" (Charles Temple). Under Section 2, How Teachers and Students Change, are the following chapters: (4) "In Their Own Voices: Reflection as an Agent of Teacher Change in Estonia" (Maureen McLaughlin and MaryEllen Vogt); (5) "Multiple Traditions and Open Lessons: Kazakstani and American Educators Consider Teacher Reflection" (David Landis and others); (6) "Documenting Critical Thinking Lessons through Teaching Cases: Dilemmas and Achievements of Russian Teachers in Estonia" (Janet C. Richards and others); (7) "'The Atmosphere Is Completely Different': Students' Perceptions of RWCT in Action in Macedonian Classrooms" (Alison Preece and others); and (8) "'I Feel Like a Bird': How the RWCT Project Supports Motivations" (Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Cynthia Hynd, Penny Oldfather). Section 3, How Practices and Paradigms Change, contains the following chapters: (9) "The Teaching of Writing in the Czech Republic" (Zuzana Saffkova); (10) "School Libraries as Laboratories for Critical Thinking" (Bozena Blazkova and Patricia L. Bloem); and (11) "The Russian Commitment to Th
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Education, Reading Writing Relationship, Reflective Teaching, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.