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ERIC Number: EJ1019379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-202X
Reclaiming Students' Voices: Fourth Graders' Discussion of the Great Migration in a Climate of Paced Curriculum
Hill, K. Dara
Journal of Advanced Academics, v24 n3 p141-163 Aug 2013
In this study, a researcher investigated how teachers can negotiate their practice to engage high-needs students whose life experiences are not reflected in the curriculum, without compromising administrative demands for standardized curriculum and pacing. A fourth-grade teacher in a high-achieving, high-poverty urban primary school in Detroit adhered to paced curriculum, but supplemented it with a Book Club "Plus" curriculum that included peer-led discourse, collaborative efforts, and deeper construction of meaning with relatable texts. A teacher-and-researcher collaboration supplemented texts about the Great Migration by including students' cultural and historical heritage. An examination of varying peer-led discussion group modes and reading logs revealed students reclaiming their voices as they mediated personal and cultural linkages with the literature. Recommendations are made for supporting teachers' autonomy in engaging learners, and for teaching fewer selections, thereby promoting deeper reflection and student engagement, while fulfilling curriculum requirements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A