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ERIC Number: ED450086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-27
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning at a Professional Development School.
Shaver, Kathy; Stallworth, B. Joyce; Wilson, Elizabeth
This paper discusses the evolving Professional Development School (PDS) partnership between the University of Alabama and Holt High School by illuminating an interdisciplinary civil rights unit developed by school- and university-based faculty. The study investigated how using young adult literature affected students' perspectives during the unit and examined the impact of young adult literature on preservice teachers' and university/school-based instructors' beliefs and practices. A collaborative team in social studies and language arts selected the novel, "The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963," for the unit because of its relevance to students. The project used authentic literature to provide focus, create coherence, and enable students to understand the what and why of learning during content area instruction. It also provided increased occasions for preservice teachers to reflect on teaching as a profession. Data collection included: interviews with participants before, during, and after the unit; surveys of participating middle and high school students and student teachers; field notes; and teacher and student artifacts. Results indicated that it was useful to include literature in the content classroom, to use literature that was relevant to students, and to have a collaboration between the school-based and university-based community. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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