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ERIC Number: EJ881338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Creating Transformational Spaces: High School Book Clubs with Inner-City Adolescent Females
Polleck, Jody N.
High School Journal, v93 n2 p50-68 Jan-Feb 2010
Transformation is the act of changing in form, nature or character. It is the process in which we learn something new or are so affected by an event or a conversation that our own selves are no longer the same. Many experiences can cause this transformation: a loss, a tragedy, or an interaction with a friend, loved one or stranger. Transformation can also occur through watching a movie, seeing a play or reading a powerful book. As teachers and administrators, we continually hope that our students' lives are transformed through the power of education. Yet oftentimes, transformation may seem somewhat unattainable due to the increasing pressures and obstacles that are not under our control. Whether situated within the schools themselves, in the surrounding environments, or in the homes of our youths, these hurdles may seem insurmountable and overwhelming. The purpose of this article is to explore how we can create transformative spaces for young adults, and where we can enhance young adults' academic and social and emotional development simultaneously through the unique space of a book club. In highlighting the voices of 12 Latina and African-American inner-city high school girls, I work to demonstrate how a book club provides a forum where affective and cognitive development cannot be separated, in that these two processes are inseparable and enhance one another. In essence, this study is about efficiency and transformation, where educators can work to promote literacy while also addressing students' social and emotional issues. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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