ISBN-10:
1612507611
ISBN-13:
9781612507613
Pub. Date:
02/01/2015
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Make Me!: Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School

Make Me!: Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School

by Eric Toshalis
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Overview


In this groundbreaking book, Eric Toshalis explores student resistance through a variety of perspectives, arguing that oppositional behaviors can be not only instructive but productive. All too often treated as a matter of compliance, student resistance can also be understood as a form of engagement, as young people confront and negotiate new identities in the classroom environment. The focus of teachers’ efforts, Toshalis says, should not be about “managing” adolescents but about learning how to read their behavior and respond to it in developmentally productive, culturally responsive, and democratically enriching ways.
 
Noting that the research literature is scattered across fields, Toshalis draws on four domains of inquiry: theoretical, psychological, political, and pedagogical. The result is a resource that can help teachers address this pervasive classroom challenge in ways that enhance student agency, motivation, engagement, and academic achievement.
 
The coauthor ofUnderstanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2006), Toshalis blends accessible explanations of theory and research with vignettes of interactions among educators and students. In Make Me!, Toshalis helps teachers perceive possibility, rather than pathology, in student resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612507613
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: Youth Development and Education Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 161,150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Eric Toshalis is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 
Why Examine Resistance? 1

PART I
UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE THEORETICALLY 


Vignette: Determined 17

CHAPTER 2
"Making Trouble Makes It Worse"
Theories of Social Reproduction 19

CHAPTER 3
"You're Not the Boss of Me"
Resistance Theory 41

PART II
UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE PSYCHOLOGICALLY


Vignette: School Is Not His Thing 91

CHAPTER 4
"This Should Be Different"
Cognition and Imagination at the Foundation of Resistance 63

CHAPTER 5
"Why Should I Try?"
The Motivations That Drive Opposition 93

Vignette: Super Busy 121

CHAPTER 6
"What? I Wasn't Listening"
The Passive No of Disengagement 123

Vignette: I'm Done 147

CHAPTER 7
"That's Not Fair!"
Why Indignation Is Better Than Resignation 149

PART III
UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE POLITICALLY 


Vignette: Sick of It 173

CHAPTER 8 
"I'm Not Skipping Class--You Are"
Socioeconomic Reasons for Resisting School 175

Vignette: It's Not About the Pencil 201

CHAPTER 9 
"You Don't Even Know Me"
Identity and Opposition in the Classroom 203

Vignette: Be Respectful 221

CHAPTER 10
"Don't Make Me Assimilate" 
Authenticity, Resistance, and Racism 223

PART IV
UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE PEDAGOGICALLY

Vignette: Back Off! 251

CHAPTER 11
"How Was I Supposed to Know?"
Misreading Students' Relational Needs 253

Vignette: Panther Points 275

CHAPTER 12
"Is It My Fault?"
How We Provoke Resistance in the Classroom 277

CHAPTER 13
Conclusion
Resistance Is Hope 299

Notes 311
Acknowledgments 341
About the Author 345
Index 347
 

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