Envisioning Knowledge: Building Literacy in the Academic Disciplines

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Teachers College Press, Apr 17, 2015 - Education - 175 pages
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This book by Judith Langer internationally known scholar in literacy learning examines how people gain knowledge and become academically literate in the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, and social studies/history. Based on extensive research, it offers a new framework for conceptualizing knowledge development (rather than information collection), and explores how one becomes literate in ways that mark "knowing" in a field. Langer identifies key principles for practice and demonstrates how the framework and the principles together can undergird highly successful instruction across the curriculum. With many examples from middle and high schools, this resource will help educators to plan and implement engaging, exciting, and academically successful programs.
 

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Contents

Envisioning Knowledge An Introduction
1
The Origins of Envisionment Building
16
How We Build Literate Knowledge
28
EnvisionmentBuilding Classrooms
39
Envisionment Building in Social StudiesHistory
53
Envisionment Building in Science
77
Envisionment Building in Mathematics
92
Envisionment Building in English
114
Envisionment Building Across Disciplines Teachers Collaborating in a Professional Community
131
Closing the Circle The Role of Literacy in Disciplinary Knowledge
155
References
161
Index
167
About the Author
175
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Judith A. Langer is an internationally known scholar in literacy learning and Distinguished Professor at the University at Alabany, State University of New York.

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