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Pedagogy of Life

A Tale of Names and Literacy


Rosa Hong Chen

Pedagogy of Life: A Tale of Names and Literacy takes its readers through the echoing stories of the half-century historical Cultural Revolution of China to the literate lifeworld today. Rosa Hong Chen offers a gripping array of personal and kindred stories woven into the power of words and empathy of art through the volutes of writing and dancing for life, expressing genera of warm melancholy, weighty sensations, compulsive sobs, and refrained elation. It is for the existential history of individual lives and communal sharing that life creates itself a pedagogical condition of possible experiences. It is so that life itself forms a historical and social path of human growth and maturation. In her philosophical and educational autoethnographical inquiry, Rosa Hong examines the nature of literacy for those under oppression and marginalization; she explores how one’s name and the ways in which that name is used affects a person’s self-knowing and knowing of the world. Therein she presents us an exceptional volume, exemplifying that individuals’ autobiographical stories explored are importantly connected to wider cultural, political, and social meaning and understanding. Pedagogy of Life, Rosa Hong thus echoes her readers’ musings, affects, relations, imagination, choice, learning, teaching, and much more, because we, each and all, have our own names, our ways of uttering, writing and dancing, and, ultimately, our ways of living, knowing, and becoming.

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Career Confusion

21st Century Career Management in a Disrupted World

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

Career Confusion explores why there is career confusion in today’s professional world. By examining the sequence of events and transitions that formed the current professional and career landscape, Dr. Tracey Wilen aims to encourage and guide readers to navigate this new job market with tact and gumption. In reviewing prior revolutions in the United States economy and job landscape, insights unfold on how the past has led us all to today, and how we can prepare for the continuing changes that will shape tomorrow. Career Confusion looks at how transitions have created skills gaps, new training requirements for jobs, different requirements for individuals and firm leaders, and myriad effects on education and educators. The book also discusses career planning, talent management, and job pursuit in the modern world with suggestions on what can be done at each stage. Career Confusion is a must-read for students preparing to enter the professional realm, and professionals will find helpful tips and insights that will aid their career trajectory, no matter the industry or experience in their career.

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Intervention éducative et médiation(s)

Contextes insulaires, cultures diverses, explorations plurielles


Edited by Nathalie Wallian

En éducation et en formation, la dialectique entre enseignement et apprentissage implique une rencontre entre des acteurs aux univers symboliques et aux mondes culturels hétérogènes. Les transformations, fruits de ces interactions, reposent sur une (re)médiation active des savoirs, mais elles questionnent également le poids des contingences et des contextes, qu'ils soient locaux et/ou périphériques, sociaux et/ou historiques, culturels et/ou structurels, discursifs et/ou incarnés. Ces contextes influencent tant la dynamique de construction et de transformation des divers acteurs que les dispositifs et les systèmes avec lesquels ils interagissent. Derrière des rapports universels au savoir se glissent des pratiques intimes et contingentielles dans l’acte d'apprendre : de la qualité de la rencontre dépendront les modalités d’appropriation du savoir par l’apprenant. En prenant la médiation pour ce qu'elle est, irrégulière et discontinue, contingente et aléatoire, éphémère et historiquement ancrée, l'explorateur didacticien ou chercheur, pourra tracer des pistes exploratoires inédites d'un «être avec», qui redéfinissent l'altérité comme une opportunité pour (se) comprendre et (se) transformer.

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Movements on the Streets and in Schools

State Repression, Neoliberal Reforms, and Oaxaca Teacher Counterpedagogies

Stephen Sadlier

Research links social movement and education, but almost no related studies address classroom practices. Oaxacan teachers in this ethnography are political and pedagogical pioneers who move between the streets and schools. Movements on the Streets and in Schools materializes from the practices of politics, in classrooms, manifestations and rural primaria communities, in a major migration-sending region of Southeastern Mexico. Movements on the Streets and in Schools theorizes teaching and activism in creative tension, with what Anna Tsing called friction of global connection. Using friction, three contentious concepts emerge: quality, patrimony and governability. Through the engaged universals of quality, patrimony and governability, the book thickly describes and analyzes how activism and teaching intertwine, on the city streets and in the rural schools. Here, teaching, between uprisings, police raids and austerity reforms reveals how operating critically transcends a centered critical project. For instance, quality, to the state and corporate philanthropists leads to standardization, but parents and pupils rally around quality education to demand learning-centered schools. Likewise, patrimony, may drive heritage for the tourist market; though patrimony also permits teachers to claim labor rights on historical grounds. Lastly, governability, an NGO imperative for Global Southern countries like Mexico, becomes pedagogical when the misrule of state authorities leads to police raids against teachers and cuts to public education. Movements on the Streets and in Schools is timely, as the activism-schooling nexus has just begun to generate interest with high profile events on and around campuses worldwide. Both pre- and in-service teachers, education activists, administrators, and professors alike will find this book essential in bringing activism into their classroom practices in a clear and cohesive manner.

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Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies

Decolonial Pedagogies, Literacies, and Methodologies


Miguel Zavala

Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies: Decolonial Pedagogies, Literacies, and Methodologies presents an investigation of decolonization in the context of education and what this means for ethnic studies projects. It accomplishes this exploration by looking at the history of Raza communities, defined broadly as the Indigenous and mestizo working class peoples from Latin America, with a focus on the complex yet unifying Chicanx-Mexican experience in the Southwest United States. This book bridges the fields of history, pedagogy, and decolonization through a creative and interweaving methodology that includes critical historiography, dialogue, autoethnography, and qualitative inquiry. Collectively, this work opens new ground, challenging scholars and educators to rethink critical education rooted in traditional and Western frameworks. Arguing for decolonial and Indigenous approaches, the author invites educators and cultural workers to reflect on learning and community in their praxis. Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies will be of interest to students of ethnic studies and Latin American and Mexican history. It is also relevant to teachers, teacher educators, and scholars who are intent on creating spaces of hope and possibility rooted in Freirean, decolonial, and Indigenous frameworks.

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Materiality in Teaching and Learning


Edited by Pauline Sameshima, Anita Sinner and Boyd White

Ma is a curriculum. The Japanese concept of ma refers to the interval between two markers. Ma is somatically constructed by a deliberate, attentive consciousness to what simultaneously is expressed, repressed, or suppressed between two structures. In a dialectic exploration, the spaces between— private/public, teacher/student, old/new, self/other, among others are probed in ways that contribute to the significant research in teaching and learning that has been undertaken in the last decades.

Material culture is the study of belief systems, behaviours, and perceptions through artefacts and physical objects and is central to the socialisation of human beings into culture. The analysis of cultural materials offer sites for concretizing the self and the self in context. New materiality challenges assumptions and clichés and allows for possibilities not yet imagined, perhaps even inconceivable possibilities. New materiality approaches accept that matter itself has agency. As such, this book investigates the intersections at the core of ma, engagements wherein the investigations create something new, in order to demonstrate the layers of the teaching and learning self.

Interpretations of the concept of ma articulate new definitions to improve the conditions, practices, products, and pedagogies of being a teacher/learner in the 21st Century. Ma is a site for epistemological understandings, threshold learnings, and self and curriculum becomings.

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Bilingualism and Music Education

A Turkish-German Perspective

Sezgin Inceel

Research indicates that parents play an essential role in their children’s musical and language development. Moreover, neurocognitive studies point to the similarities between music and language processing. Based on the previous literature, the present study focuses on the Turkish immigrant parents’ beliefs and practices regarding bilingualism and music education. Interviews, observations and questionnaires are applied to generate qualitative data. Findings indicate that the participants’ positive beliefs are influenced by distal factors, such as cultural features, their own backgrounds, and socio-demographical characteristics. However, the lack of their theoretical knowledge regarding the subjects seems to have a negative impact on these beliefs.

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Fifty Years of Interdisciplinary Teaching in Academe

One Professor's Pedagogical Tips and Reflections

Robert J. Nash

There is no book exactly like Fifty Years of Interdisciplinary Teaching in Academe: One Professor’s Pedagogical Tips and Reflections. Very few professors have taught for half a century. Even fewer have written books on pedagogy from a personal narrative perspective and in plain English, without a particular cause to promote or axe to grind. Countless numbers of books have ruminated on the past, present, and future of higher education, but few authors have written their books as memoirs meant for both an academic and general audience. Few actually offer concrete tips drawn from years of personal experience for classroom teaching, mentoring, constructing curricula, courses, and programs, working with colleagues, and creating an interdisciplinary philosophy of educational theory and practice. Few of these books can be generalized to a number of helping professions. Teaching and learning happen in all the human service professions, not just in the American university.

This book is grounded largely in author Robert J. Nash’s experiences, both positive and negative. Nash is less interested in propounding or expounding and more concerned with narrating his always-evolving stories of being an interdisciplinary professor who has experienced both success and struggle but who has always emerged as inspired and rejuvenated by his work, and the work of his students, in higher education. This book is a personal-narrative celebration of all that is and can be wonderful about the American university, including students, colleagues, and administrators. Nash concentrates on possibility rather than on liability but strives always to present an honest picture of higher education (both its strengths and weaknesses) and his place in it throughout the decades. The result of Fifty Years of Interdisciplinary Teaching in Academe is a vote of confidence for faculty, staff, and students.

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La crise de l’apprentissage en Afrique francophone subsaharienne

Regards croisés sur la didactique des langues et les pratiques enseignantes


Edited by Laurent Puren and Bruno Maurer

« Schooling is not the same as learning » : ainsi débute le rapport 2018 de la Banque mondiale sur le développement dans le monde – « Learning to realize education’s promise » – consacré intégralement aux questions éducatives. Cette assertion simple nous rappelle qu’il ne suffit pas de développer l’accès à l’éducation dans les pays en voie de développement pour que « plus » signifie « mieux ». Les pays dits du Sud, et notamment ceux d’Afrique francophone subsaharienne dont il est question ici, connaissent en effet une grave crise de l’apprentissage qui se révèle être aussi une profonde crise morale, comme souligné dans le même rapport, en laissant sur le bord du chemin des générations d’enfants sans acquis scolaires, privés des compétences de base qui leur auraient permis d’accéder à un avenir meilleur tout en les rendant acteurs du développement.

Les 17 chapitres de ce recueil, rédigés par 25 chercheurs du Sud et du Nord (spécialistes en éducation, linguistes et didacticiens des langues), apportent un éclairage sur cette situation et formulent des propositions. En Côte d’Ivoire, au Bénin, au Burkina Faso, au Cameroun, au Sénégal, au Niger, aux Comores, les contributeurs, à partir d’analyses de cas et de corpus, d’enquêtes de terrain ou de réflexions plus transversales, sondent les dysfonctionnements, mettent en évidence des difficultés ou témoignent de pratiques innovantes.

Les questions liées à l’enseignement-apprentissage des langues occupent ici une place centrale et constituent le fil conducteur des trois parties de l’ouvrage : normes et maîtrise du français appris/enseigné et pratiques enseignantes ; réformes curriculaires, approches méthodologiques et manuels scolaires ; prise en compte des langues nationales, articulation langues premières/français langue de scolarisation.

Ont contribué à l’écriture de ce livre, sous la direction de Laurent Puren et Bruno Maurer : Kouassi Geìrard Abaka, Marguerite Altet, Mohammed Said Berkaine, Gilbert Daouaga Samari, Iramène Destin, Harouna Diallo, Adjoua Valérie Djè, Cosme Fandy, Thierry Gaillat, Koia Jean-Martial Kouamé, Moira Laffranchini Ngoenha, Thibaut Lauwerier, Bruno Maurer, Muriel Nicot-Guillorel, Zakaria Nounta, Colette Noyau, Christian Ollivier, Guy Romuald Ouedraogo, Afsata Pare-Kabore, Laurent Puren, Michèle Verdelhan, Daniel Véronique, Cécile B. Vigouroux, Sylvie Wharton, Issa Youssouf.

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Developing the Whole Person

A Practitioner’s Tale of Counseling, College, and the American Promise

Tom McCarthy

Using the professional life of psychologist-educator Thomas N. McCarthy as a touchstone, Developing the Whole Person: A Practitioner’s Tale of Counseling, College, and the American Promise explores the achievements and difficulties of postwar counseling psychologists and psychologist-administrators in American higher education. They advanced a whole person development model for student life inside and outside the classroom, despite skepticism from faculty and other administrators and the emergence of a potent student freedom model in the late 1960s that insisted students were adults. These two models have persisted in tension with one another ever since.