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ERIC Number: EJ917187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
The Unifying Power of a Whole-School Read
Jewett, Pamela C.; Wilson, Jennifer L.; Vanderburg, Michelle A.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v54 n6 p415-424 Mar 2011
This article describes an urban middle school community that took part in a yearlong literacy engagement--a whole-school read of a young adult novel. The authors, three researchers from a nearby university, documented the yearlong event and the effect it had on the school's academic and social spaces. Relying on the perspective that literacy is ideologically laden and on Bernstein's conceptions of pedagogy, the authors found that the whole-school read served as a unifying concept that created learning environments in which "things were put together." Teachers entertained uncertainty toward learning outcomes and valued a text that could connect to students' lives and open doors for discussion of critical issues. Within the school's learning spaces, readers came to deeper understandings of text and each other through dialogue, teachers and students across grade levels collaborated, and boundaries between previously segregated subject areas were blurred. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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