Culture, Relevance, and Schooling: Exploring Uncommon Ground

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Lisa Scherff, Karen Spector
R&L Education, Mar 16, 2011 - Education - 176 pages
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In Culture, Relevance, and Schooling: Exploring Uncommon Ground, Lisa Scherff, Karen Spector, and the contributing authors conceive of culturally relevant and critically minded pedagogies in terms of opening up new spatial, discursive, and/or embodied learning terrains. Readers will traverse multiple landscapes and look into a variety of spaces where attempts to tear down or build up pedagogical borders based upon socially-just design are underway. In disciplines ranging from elementary science, to high school English, to college kinesiology, the contributors to this volume describe their attempts to remake schooling in ways that bring hope and dignity to their participants.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Making Culture Visible through
5
Collective Cultural Relevancy throughHybrid Communities of Practice
11
Seeing Relevance
39
Expanding Notions of CulturallyResponsive Education withUrban Native Youth
65
Weaving Spiritualities intoCulturally Responsive Pedagogies
85
Staying Fat
103
Putting Culturally Relevantinto Professional Development
125
Overcoming UnderLying Assumptions
141
Index
151
About the Editors
157
About the Contributors
159
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Lisa Scherff is associate professor of secondary English language arts education at the University of Alabama. A former high school English and reading teacher, Lisa's research focuses on opportunity to learn and teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring. Karen Spector is assistant professor of secondary English education and literacy at the University of Alabama. Her research and teaching involves critical literacies across disciplines.

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