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Teaching English Today

Advocating Change in the Secondary Curriculum

Barrie R. C. Barrell Roberta F. Hammett John S. Mayher Gordon M. Pradl Celia Genishi Dorothy S. Strickland Donna E. Alvermann

Teachers College Press
This book offers a rare examination of the secondary English curriculum, focusing on current trends and looking pragmatically at reform initiatives. Providing both a review and a heads-up about what's new—or what should be new—in English classrooms, this accessible text: Features essays from well-known educators and researchers, in the United States and Canada, who provide insight and offer a wide range of perspectives on today’s secondary English language arts education. Challenges the field to re-conceptualize its purpose and value while urging language arts educators to rethink their practice. Focuses on contemporary issues, including assessment, multiculturalism, critical literacy, expanding definitions of text and literacy, technology in the classroom, censorship, the power of mass media, and much more. Raises pertinent questions about mandated curricula, high-stakes testing, conventional teaching practices, and teacher preparation.
Author Bio
Barrie R. C. Barrell is Professor of English Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Roberta F. Hammett is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland. John S. Mayher is Professor of English Education at New York University, where he also serves as Director of Teacher Education. Gordon M. Pradl is Professor of English Education at New York University.