Living with Uncertainty: The Messy Reality of Classroom Practice / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Both teachers and teacher educators will sympathize with Dudley-Marling's concerns in this thoughtful and provocative text.
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Living with Uncertainty contributes to our understanding of what it means to teach, offering new insights into the issues of teaching and teacher identity. Unlike the idealized models of teaching that dominate research, this candid account illustrates the complicated realities of classroom practice. It is not an attempt to attain truth once and for all. It is a systematic, theoretically informed, deliberate reflection of the author's experiences as he acknowledges uncertainty in his own teaching and seeks improvement.
When Curt Dudley-Marling took a one-year leave from his university duties to return to the classroom, his plan was to document and reflect on his experiences as an elementary school teacher. What emerged from this "quest for certainty" was a complicated notion of teaching, marked by uncertainties, ambiguities, and contradictions. The chapters in this book provide a complex, often critical look at some of the issues that dominated the author's attention:
Living with Uncertainty will interest anyone concerned about the current state of education, especially preservice and inservice teachers, teacher educators, and teacher-researchers.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
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).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Quest for Certainty
Reading, Writing, and Friends: Challenging My Sense of Community
The Teachers Work for the Kids
Whole Language Teachers Don't Have Discipline Problems, Do They?
Students for Whom School Is a Struggle
"We Only Learned What the Boys Did": Doing (and Undoing) Gender in a Third-Grade Classroom
Certain Knowledge in an Uncertain World: Creating a Rich Language-Learning Environment in a Third-Grade Classroom
Multicultural Literature: Who Gets to Represent Whom, How, and Why
Spelling Is . . . a Worry for Me