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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 Lois Alexander Susan L. Lytle Marilyn Cochran-Smith

208 pages
Teachers College Press

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 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Chapters highlight lively classroom and community action projects.

Author Bio

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.