Crossing Boundaries-teaching and Learning with Urban Youth

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Teachers College Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 145 pages
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In her new book, Valerie Kinloch, award-winning author of Harlem on Our Minds, sheds light on the ways urban youth engage in "meaning-making" experiences as a way to assert critical, creative, and highly sophisticated perspectives on teaching, learning, and survival. Kinloch rejects deficit models that have traditionally defined the literacy abilities of students of color, especially African American and Latino/a youth. In contrast, she "crosses boundaries" to listen to the voices of students attending high school in New York City's Harlem community. In Crossing Boundaries, Kinloch uses a critical teacher-researcher lens to propose new directions for youth literacies and achievements. The text features examples of classroom engagements, student writings and presentations, discussions of texts and current events, and conversations on skills, process, achievement, and underachievement.
 

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Contents

Miss You Crazy for ThisCrossing Boundaries and Collaborating for Change
1
Crossing Boundaries in Teaching and Teacher Education
10
Equity and Diversity in Teaching and Learning
31
Damyas Democracy
51
Who You Calling a Writer?
71
Cryin for Christina
90
Beyond Classroom Teaching
113
Students in the English Course
125
Questions from PreService Teacher Education Candidates to High School Students
127
References
131
Index
139
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Valerie Kinloch is associate professor in literacy studies at The Ohio State University. In addition to her other books, she has recently published Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community, and Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth.

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