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ERIC Number: ED497824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 176
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4805-6
Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School
Christenbury, Leila
Teachers College Press
Leila Christenbury is well known as a writer and researcher in English Education: her classic book "Making the Journey," [ED437654] now in its third edition, has been a guide to countless middle and high school language arts teachers. In her new book, this veteran teacher and teacher educator reveals what did and---more surprisingly---did not happen when she returned to the high school classroom after a hiatus of many years. Exploring her experiences in light of current teacher preparation reform efforts, the author's compelling narrative is a continuation of her earlier work that will resonate with those concerned about the state of today's American secondary education. In addition to personal reflections on her practice, the author also: (1) provides specific recommendations for enhancing the English classroom; (2) explores the state of the American comprehensive high school and the fiction of excellence; (3) examines the role of school in relation to the suburban middle class; and (4) addresses a number of problem areas: the timing of high stakes tests, policies regarding academic regulations, the uncritical adoption of a college "model," the widening use of dual enrollment courses, and more. (Contains a foreword by Deborah Appleman, Carleton College.)
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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