Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Clashes and Confrontations by Lisa ScherffCulturally Relevant Pedagogy: Clashes and Confrontations by Lisa Scherff

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Clashes and Confrontations

EditorLisa Scherff, Karen SpectorContribution byDawn Abt-perkins

Paperback | November 16, 2010

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The authors in this edited volume reflect on their experiences with culturally relevant pedagogy_as students, as teachers, as researchers_and how these experiences were often at odds with their backgrounds and/or expectations. Each of the authors speaks to the complexity and difficulty in attempting to address students' cultures, create learning experiences with relevance to their lives and experiences, and enact pedagogies that promote academic achievement while honoring students. At the same time, every author shows the clashes and confrontations that can arise between and among students, teachers, parents, administrators, and educational policies.
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 lite...
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Title:Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Clashes and ConfrontationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.12 × 6.13 × 0.62 inPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1607094207

ISBN - 13:9781607094203

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword: Looking for a Little Inspiration Chapter 2 Introduction: Clashes and Confrontations with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Chapter 3 Opening Vignette: Recognizing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Then and Now Chapter 4 1. Unpacking the Critical in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: An Illustration Involving African Americans and Asian Americans Chapter 5 2. Race, Identity, and the Shredding of a District Survey: Following Children into Relevance in an Urban Elementary Classroom Chapter 6 3. The Central Paradox of Critical Pedagogy: Learning from Practice in an Urban "Last Chance" High School Chapter 7 4. From Understanding to Application: The Difficulty of Culturally Responsive Teaching as a Beginning English Teacher Chapter 8 Vignette: Lotus: A Pedagogy of Listening Chapter 9 5. Reading Romeo and Juliet and Talking Sex: Critical Ideological Consciousness as Ethical Practice Chapter 10 6. "'Proper' Spanish is a Waste of Time": Mexican-origin Student Resistance to Learning their Heritage Language Chapter 11 7. Bodies Before Me Chapter 12 Closing Vignette: The Distance of Formality: Working Within (and through) Propriety

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Editors Scherff and Spector (both, Univ. of Alabama) and their contributors bring added contextual flavor and rich practical examples to the theoretical underpinnings of culturally relevant pedagogy. Essays composed by academics and practitioners show that such teaching can be both messy and courageous. The essays discuss a wide array of factors such as critical consciousness, identity, bodily images, race, ethnicity, urban education, and formal versus informal learning in chapters such as "Reading Romeo and Juliet and Talking Sex: Critical Ideological Consciousness as Ethical Practice" and "Unpacking the Critical in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: An Illustration Involving African Americans and Asian Americans." The volume is a handy companion to Gloria Ladson-Billings's The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children (2nd ed., 2009; 1st ed., CH, Jul'95, 32-6346) and Geneva Gay's Culturally Relevant Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (CH, Jan'11, 48-2812). Scherff and Spector's book contributes more to the practical aspects of the literature than to the theoretical side, but it is surely a welcome supplement. Recommended.