Reflections of a Citizen Teacher: Literacy, Democracy, and the Forgotten Students of Addison High

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National Council of Teachers of English, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 387 pages
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Based on more than three years of in-depth research, this book tells the stories of a small group of Latino and Latina students attending a predominantly White high school in a rural area of southeast Michigan. The book takes readers inside the hallways and classrooms of Addison High and into the homes and neighborhoods of Spanish-speaking students. It explores the history and the current socioeconomic dynamics of the school's surrounding community, and it draws connections between specific instances of teaching and learning and the broader contexts of educating culturally and linguistically diverse students. The framework set forth in the book challenges educators around the country to draw on an awareness of the ethical complexities of their work and to develop the disposition of a "citizen teacher" dedicated to fostering in all students the ability to envision, create, and participate in a more humane and democratic society. An appendix contains notes of the teachers' meeting. Each chapter includes notes. Also contains extensive references. (NKA)

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Todd DeStigter is a former high school teacher who is now an English educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His principal scholarly interests are secondary English teacher education, urban literacies, the ways in which teaching and learning can promote democratic thought and action, and the social and political philosophy of John Dewey. Recently, Todd has taught courses in the methods of teaching English, the uses of literacy in a multicultural democracy, and the contributions of American pragmatism to progressive education. Most of his recent publications are based on the ethnographic research he conducts at a Chicago alternative high school for Ťat risk students.

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