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A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers
Lessons and Resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child

JoBeth Allen and Lois Alexander, Editors
Practitioner Inquiry
Pub Date: December 2012, 208 pages

Paperback: $37.95, ISBN: 0807753947
Cloth: $76, ISBN: 0807753955
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A Critical Inquiry Framework for K–12 Teachers is a powerful and accessible resource for all who believe that education must be more child-centered, democratic, and just. Beyond sharing vivid examples from their classrooms, these teachers share a critical content framework that can be brought to life in a variety of settings, shedding light onto how teachers can engage in more equitable education in their classrooms. This is a timely resource for all who want to teach in hopeful and transformative ways.”
Mariana Souto-Manning, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

“Critical literacy, innovative teaching, and children’s rights take center-stage in this beautiful new book. Let us learn from these stories as we move toward socially just teaching practices, equitable educational structures, and the promise of The Rights of the Child in our schools and communities.”
Valerie Kinloch, Associate Professor, Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University

This dynamic book provides powerful ideas to guide pedagogy and a curriculum model for helping students connect with issues in their lives while meeting standards. Vivid portraits of K–12 classrooms illustrate how teachers used a human rights framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues, such as immigration rights, religious tolerance, racial equality, countering the effects of poverty, and respect for people with disabilities. The book shows how a group of teachers worked together to develop a critical content framework using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Chapters highlight lively classroom and community action projects.

Contents and Contributors:

  1. Critical Inquiry Through the Rights of the Child
    JoBeth Allen
  2. Poverty, Power, and Action: A Primary Grades Study of The Right to Health and Well Being
    Andrea Neher and Stephanie Smith
  3. It’s Not Easy Being Flat: A Third Grade Study of The Rights of Students with Disabilities
    Tonia Paramore
  4. Latinos for Involvement in Family Education: Parents Promoting Educational Goals that Respect Their Values and Culture
    Stephen Lush and Lindsey Lush
  5. Protection from Deportation and Family Separation: Middle School Students Explore Their Rights as Recent Immigrants
    Kelli Bivins
  6. “I Need a New Way of Lyfe”: High School English Students Inquire into the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living
    Lois Alexander
  7. Becoming Thrice Born: 10th–Grade History Students Inquire into the Rights to Culture, Identity, and Freedom of Thought
    Paige Cole
  8. PeaceJam: High School Student Activists Work for Peace and Justice
    Lindy Crace
  9. Literature as a Springboard for Critical Inquiry: An Annotated Bibliography
    Jaye Thiel, Jen McCreight, and Dawan Coombs

JoBeth Allen is a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia and co-director of the Red Clay Writing Project. Her books include Creating Welcoming Schools and Literacy in the Welcoming Classroom. Lois Alexander is a high school English teacher and directed Project Outreach: Literacy and Social Class for the Red Clay Writing Project.

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