ERIC Number: EJ732468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Envisioning Possibility: Schooling and Student Agency in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Kornfeld, John; Prothro, Laurie
Children's Literature in Education, v36 n3 p217-239 Sep 2005
This article provides a rationale for using literature in the classroom to explore conceptions of curriculum and teaching. We discuss a number of exemplars from children's and young adult fiction, both mainstream and less well known; offer a taxonomy for categorizing the range of visions of curriculum and teaching in the literature; and describe the responses of a group of middle school students to a unit that examined schooling in literature. We argue that reading literature which addresses student experiences in school can help students make sense of those experiences and, more importantly, open their minds to ideas about teaching and schooling that they otherwise might never have considered.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Young Adults, Fiction, Instructional Materials, Middle School Students, School Effectiveness, Student Experience, Learning Experience, Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
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