Beyond Reading and Writing: Inquiry, Curriculum, and Multiple Ways of Knowing

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National Council of Teachers of English, Jan 1, 2000 - Education - 112 pages
This book is based on the belief that learners who are making meaning draw simultaneously on different dimensions of knowing--different forms of expression, different kinds of ideas, and different cultural frameworks. When honored and recognized in the classroom these differences create a richer way to explore the path to knowledge, according to the book. By stressing that literacy develops across sign systems that can include art, music, and movement, in addition to language, the book encourages "artful" teaching and learning. It argues, in fact, that those most challenged by traditional curriculum will find with this approach the encouragement to shine. The book begins by explaining why inquiry and multiple ways of knowing should be central to literacy and learning, and shows how to build such a curriculum. It next offers theory-into-practice techniques, insight into how such a curriculum actually worked on a day-to-day basis, suggestions on how educators can better support and understand their students, and, finally, insights the authors gained by undertaking this inquiry. The curriculum approach in the book offers educators the tools necessary to help learners develop wide-ranging sensibilities that enable them to think and communicate in complex ways, to make sense of multiple perspectives, to continually revise their personal identities and theories of the world, and to positively shape their lives and communities. Two appendixes suggest creative ideas to use in the classroom and a third presents a 60-item bibliography of sources for further study. (NKA)

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