In our own words: students' perspectives on school

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Education - 188 pages
If educational reform is to succeed, it must attend to the perspectives of students--those most directly affected by schooling, but least often consulted about its efficacy. This is the premise of the first book both to feature student perspectives on school and to foreground student voices; middle and high school students are the primary authors of the eight chapters collected in this volume aptly titled In Our Own Words. Reflecting differences of gender, racial, and ethnic background, and school context, the student authors write passionately and eloquently about their experiences of and desires for school.

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Alison Cook-Sather is Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Bryn Mawr College. She works with undergraduate students seeking state certification to teach at the secondary level and college faculty members interested in developing their teaching. Her research focuses on metaphors for education and student voice, and her most recent books are "International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School", coedited with Dennis Thiessen (Springer 2007), and "Education Is Translation: A Metaphor for Change in Learning and Teaching" (University of Pennsylvania Press 2006).

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