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NCJ Number: 155809 Find in a Library
Title: Life After Death: Critical Pedagogy in an Urban Classroom
Journal: Harvard Educational Review  Volume:65  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (Summer 1995)  Pages:213-230
Author(s): J A Johnson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Issues involving juvenile victims of violence are explored.
Abstract: In this article, the author, an urban middle school teacher in Northern California, describes the evolution of her classroom into one in which the day-to-day realities of students' lives -- most significantly their encounters with death -- are acknowledged and formally addressed as being central to the work of the classroom. She asserts that there is a need to make connections between the day-to-day realities of students' lives and the day-to-day process of teaching and learning that takes place in urban public schools. She explains how her understanding of her teaching has been informed and transformed by critical pedagogy. She invites readers to follow her journey with her students as they move from viewing the teacher as knowledge giver to legitimating the students' knowledge and experiences as a basis for learning. In this example of a teacher's attempt to translate critical pedagogy into practice, she also brings home the impact of the violence and death in American society on students' lives. Footnotes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Juvenile victims; Victims of Crime; Victims of violent crime; Violence
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