Adolescent Education: A Reader

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Joseph L. DeVitis, Linda Irwin-DeVitis
Peter Lang, 2010 - Education - 506 pages
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Written by a prominent array of scholars and practitioners, this book elucidates the complexities, contradictions, and confusion surrounding adolescence in American culture and education. For too long, harmful public myths and lies have portrayed teenagers as a principal cause of our nation's social ills. Similar unfair charges have been lodged against America's teachers and schools throughout our history. This book offers public counterpoints to those simplistic blaming-the-victim arguments. Instead, it traverses a more nuanced and realistic path toward uncovering the developmental, socio-cultural realities faced by today's teenagers. It also provides rich pedagogical strategies, and educational wisdom for allowing adolescents to grow as worthy human beings. This important and timely book will appeal to preservice teachers, teacher educators, education and social service professionals, policymakers, and all those interested in bettering the lives of adolescents in this uncertain world.

"Adolescent Education: A Reader, a stimulating collection of carefully selected essays, provides a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding today's adolescents. The authors, leading scholars as well as practitioners, confront stereotypes of teenagers and reframe the way we think about adolescents and adolescence. The contributors offer hopeful visions for respectful, nurturing, and effective schools where youth are challenged to learn and to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. A must-read for all educators."---Kathleen deMarrais, Professor, University of Georgia
 

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Contents

Who Is Included in the Urban Family?
13
The Confederate Flag Controversy
25
Early Puberty in Girls
35
Dangerous Intersections between Development and Culture
51
Black Male Students at City High School
75
What About Adolescent Curiosity and Risk Taking?
99
Contested Worldviews
123
Four Discourses about Teen Mothers
137
Surviving and Thriving Through Adolescent Literacy
263
Urban Youth Engaging Poetry and Creating Learning Communities
279
Adolescents Seeking to Understand
307
A Multidimensional Mathematics Approach
335
Teaching About Global Warming in Truck Country
359
How Important Is Technology in Urban Education?
379
Pedagogy of Control
407
An Empowering Transformative Approach to Service
421

What Does It Mean to Be in a Gang?
157
A Generation Gap for New Times
181
Adolescent Engagement Connectedness and Dropping Out of School
195
Why An Undemocratic Capitalism Has Brought Public Education to Its Knees
223
A Middle School Manifesto
241
Building Hope for Students Parents Professionals
441
Talks with Teenagers and Teachers
483
Contributors
497
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The Editors: Joseph L. DeVitis is Professor of Foundations of Education at Georgia College & State University. He is a past president of the American Educational Studies Association, the Council of Learned Societies in Education, and the Society of Professors of Education. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a widely published scholar and public intellectual in social foundations of education and educational policy studies.
Linda Irwin-DeVitis is Dean and Professor of Literacy at the John H. Lounsbury College of Education, Georgia College & State University. She has extensive teaching experience in New Orleans and Jacksonville area middle and high schools and in a literacy program in the Mississippi Delta. Her numerous publications are in the areas of literacy education, adolescent literacy, and teacher education.

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