Who Owns Learning?: Questions of Autonomy, Choice, and Control

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Curt Dudley-Marling, Dennis Searle
Pearson Education Canada, 1995 - Education - 213 pages

The concept of student ownership has provoked considerable debate in current language arts theory and practice. Clearly ownership cannot mean that teachers withdraw their support for students, but how do teachers strike a balance without threatening students' personal investment? And how do individual and cultural differences figure into this equation?

To answer these and other questions about ownership, Curt Dudley-Marling and Dennis Searle have asked outstanding teachers and scholars to share their own thoughts and experiences. The result is a remarkable collection of essays on a range of views. Some of the contributors reflect on practice, illustrating how they support student intentions without abdicating their responsibility to "teach." Others offer a more theoretical perspective, arguing that ownership is a more subtle and complex notion than previously imagined.

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Complicating Ownership
Understanding Ownership in Classroom Interaction
Sharing Ownership and Responsibility

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About the author (1995)

Curt Dudley-Marling is a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where he teaches courses in literacy and language arts. His research interests focus on struggling readers and writers, the social construction of learning identities, and the potential of high-expectation curricula with low-achieving students. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books with Heinemann, including A Family Affair (2000); Readers and Writers with a Difference, Second Edition (1996); Who Owns Learning? (1994); When Students Have Time to Talk (1991); and the James N. Britton Award-winning Living with Uncertainty (1997). Most recently, Curt has coauthored with Patricia Paugh A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Readers (2004) and A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Writers (2009).

Dennis Searle is a former high school English teacher. He has taught at the University of Alberta and is currently associate dean in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto. Recognized for his work on the role of talk in learning, he is currently focusing on spelling development, based on his interest in writing and in language and literacy development.

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