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ERIC Number: EJ852624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Children, Literacy and Mass Trauma Teaching in Times of Catastrophic Events and on Going Emergency Situations
Taylor, Denny
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v4 n2 p1-62 Fall 2006
This article focuses on children living in areas of armed conflict, catastrophic events and on-going emergencies. Based upon her ethnographic research, the author wants to try to share some insights into the complexities of the world in which children sometimes have to fight to live. Her intent is to create a space in which a discussion can take place and to make room for voices that are seldom heard. The author knows from previous encounters, both within the academy and society at large that some of the ideas she will share make readers uncomfortable. Up front the author wants to make clear that the focus is on children, any child anywhere, children everywhere, regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity, nationality or religion. The author wants to encourage conversation, critical thinking, original ideas, creative thinking and imaginative thought that is accepting of a diversity of ideas, and addresses pejorative controversy and disagreement. It is with this in mind that the author shares some of her thoughts about children, teachers, catastrophic events and mass trauma. The photographs in this article attest to the important role that teachers play in the lives of children who have experienced catastrophic events or live in areas of on-going emergencies.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Croatia; Gaza Strip; Israel; Louisiana; Moldova; Nicaragua; United States; Vietnam; Yugoslavia