Making School Count: Promoting Urban Student Motivation and Success [NOOK Book]

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Making School Count reports on four years of classroom research in which alternative teaching strategies, designed to motivate under-achieving inner-city, African-American middle school students were used and evaluated.
The book offers insights into the discrepancy between students' academic dreams (their high performance aspirations) and the realities of their classroom ...
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Making School Count: Promoting Urban Student Motivation and Success

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Overview

Making School Count reports on four years of classroom research in which alternative teaching strategies, designed to motivate under-achieving inner-city, African-American middle school students were used and evaluated.
The book offers insights into the discrepancy between students' academic dreams (their high performance aspirations) and the realities of their classroom performance.
Issues include:
*the authors' convictions that the disproportionate under-achievement of African-American students is the result of inappropriate teaching strategies
*the prevalent use of a Eurocentric curriculum
*results of the authors' research
*a guide for teachers wishing to carry out their own research
*a study of the collaboration between a university and a schools in an attempt to bring about change from the ground up.
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Teel (a 7th- and 8th-grade teacher) and DeBruin-Parecki (educational psychology, U. of Northern Iowa) here present the results of a four- year study (performed in Teel's classroom) of alternative teaching strategies designed for American middle schools to motivate African American students. The book is written as a narrative case study of their experiment, concluding with the authors' call for the adoption of culturally appropriate teaching strategies in American public schools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134581313
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Life in an urban classroom: where dreams and realities collide 1
2 The personal journey of a teacher: Karen's story 9
3 Developing teaching strategies that honor and motivate diverse learners 15
4 The culture of the school 25
5 Teacher action research 35
6 Realizing student potential with alternative strategies 49
7 What gets in the way of student success? 65
8 Taking on the role of detective: teacher's response to struggling students 81
9 Turning student aspirations into realities 99
Appendices 109
Bibliography 115
Index 121
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