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EDLA 476 - Where to start

Designed as the capstone course for the Elementary Language Arts minors. This course explores the use of the authoring cycle to support reading, writing, and inquiry as the foundation of an integrated elementary curriculum. Techniques to assist children in formulating questions, evaluating sources, and presenting findings are included. Emphasizes collaborative learning and community support within the classroom.

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This reference book might be helpful:  The Blackwell Handbook of Language Development

Research Topic possibilities: The 2013 What's Hot, What's Not Literacy Survey.
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 Cassidy, J., & Grote-Garcia, S. (2012). Defining the Literacy Agenda: Results of the 2013 What's Hot, What's Not Literacy Survey. Reading Today, 30(1), 9-12


New Book: Learning the Hard Way: Masculinity, Place and the Gender Gap in Education

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Learning the Hard Way - Edward W. Morris
ISBN: 9780813553689
Publication Date: 2012-09-15
An avalanche of recent newspapers, weekly newsmagazines, scholarly journals, and academic books has helped to spark a heated debate by publishing warnings of a “boy crisis” in which male students at all academic levels have begun falling behind their female peers. InLearning the Hard Way, Edward W. Morris explores and analyzes detailed ethnographic data on this purported gender gap between boys and girls in educational achievement at two low-income high schools—one rural and predominantly white, the other urban and mostly African American. Crucial questions arose from his study of gender at these two schools. Why did boys tend to show less interest in and more defiance toward school? Why did girls significantly outperform boys at both schools? Why did people at the schools still describe boys as especially “smart”?             Morris examines these questions and, in the process, illuminates connections of gender to race, class, and place. This book is not simply about the educational troubles of boys, but the troubled and complex experience of gender in school. It reveals how particular race, class, and geographical experiences shape masculinity and femininity in ways that affect academic performance. His findings add a new perspective to the “gender gap” in achievement.


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