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ERIC Number: EJ1068182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
Dwelling in the Spaces between "What Is" and "What Could Be": The View from a University-Based Content Literacy Course at Semester's End
Damico, James; Rust, Julie
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v6 n2 p103-110 2010
Situated within a university-based content literacy course, this article considers the spaces between the curricular realities of middle school and high school classrooms, what we call the "what is," and potential alternative configurations of curriculum and instruction for these classrooms, what we call the "what could be." Our story centers on the culminating activity in the course that we designed for our students, a mock school-wide faculty meeting. We describe the ways our discussed and debated ideas about disciplinary literacy, interdisciplinary curriculum, technology integration, and whether or not curriculum and teaching could connect to broader purposes of citizenship education in a democracy. The article concludes with a reminder that the spaces between "what is" and "what could be" are always dynamic, fluid, and emergent as teachers and students (of all ages) collectively create and re-create what happens in these spaces.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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