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Adolescent Education

A Reader


Joseph L. DeVitis and Linda Irwin-DeVitis

Written by a prominent array of scholars and practitioners, this book elucidates the complexities, contradictions, and confusion surrounding adolescence in American culture and education. For too long, harmful public myths and lies have portrayed teenagers as a principal cause of our nation’s social ills. Similar unfair charges have been lodged against America’s teachers and schools throughout our history. This book offers public counterpoints to those simplistic blaming-the-victim arguments. Instead, it traverses a more nuanced and realistic path toward uncovering the developmental, socio-cultural realities faced by today’s teenagers. It also provides rich pedagogical strategies, and educational wisdom for allowing adolescents to grow as worthy human beings. This important and timely book will appeal to preservice teachers, teacher educators, education and social service professionals, policymakers, and all those interested in bettering the lives of adolescents in this uncertain world.
Contents: Brett Elizabeth Blake: Theoretical Overview: Adolescent Culture and the Culture of Refusal – Katia Goldfarb: Who Is Included in the Urban Family? – Rebecca A. Goldstein: «Who You Think I Am Is Not Necessarily Who I Think I Am»: The Multiple Positionalities of Urban Student Identities – Elizabeth Seaton: Tween Social and Biological Reproduction: Early Puberty in Girls – Mary K. Bentley: The Body of Evidence: Dangerous Intersections between Development and Culture in the Lives of Adolescent Girls – Venus Evans-Winters: Urban African American Female Students and Educational Resiliency – Garrett Albert Duncan/Ryonnel Jackson: Making a Way Out of No Way: Black Male Students at City High School – Dennis Carlson: Between a Danger Zone and a Safe Space: LGBTQ Youth and the Challenge of Democratic Education – Thomas G. Reio, Jr.: What About Adolescent Curiosity and Risk Taking? – Pedro R. Portes/Daya S. Sandhu/Robert Longwell-Grice: Understanding Adolescent Suicide: A Psychological Interpretation of Developmental and Contextual Factors – Linda Irwin-DeVitis: Framing Adolescents, Their Schools and Culture: Contested Worldviews – Deirdre M. Kelly: Stigma Stories in the Media: Four Discourses about Teen Mothers, Welfare, and Poverty – Haroon Kharem: What Does It Mean to Be in a Gang? – Deron Boyles: Would You Like Values with That? Chick-fil-A and Character Education – Cynthia Lewis/Margaret Finders: Implied Adolescents and Implied Teachers: A Generation Gap for New Times – John Smyth: Adolescent Engagement, Connectedness and Dropping Out of School – Dana Griffin/Julia Bryan: Overcoming Negative School Experiences of African-American Adolescents: What School Counselors Can Do to Eradicate Ethnocentrism – Richard A. Gibboney: Why An Undemocratic Capitalism Has Brought Public Education to Its Knees – John H. Lounsbury: Deferred but Determined: A Middle School Manifesto – Douglas J. Simpson/Margaret Price: «The Ideal High School for Future Adolescents: A Neo-Deweyan Perspective» – Dan Bauer/Linda Golson Bradley/Lindell Dillon: Beyond «Written Off»: Surviving and Thriving Through Adolescent Literacy – Korina M. Jocson: Urban Youth Engaging Poetry and Creating Learning Communities – John A. Beineke: Teaching History to Adolescents – Kenneth Teitelbaum: Critical Civic Literacy in Schools: Adolescents Seeking to Understand and Improve The(ir) World – Susan L. Schramm-Pate/Richard Lussier: Teaching Students How to Think Critically: The Confederate Flag Controversy in the High School Social Studies Curriculum – Jo Boaler: Urban Success: A Multidimensional Mathematics Approach with Equitable Outcomes – Thomas R. Koballa, Jr./Abdulkadir Demir: Making High School Science Instruction Effective – Jana Dean: Teaching About Global Warming in Truck Country – Melissa M. Jones: «If You’re Good at Nothin’, What Are Ya Good For?» Disability and Identity – Vanessa Domine: How Important Is Technology in Urban Education? – W. Norton Grubb: The New Vocationalism: What It Is, What It Could Be – Tianlong Yu: Character Education for Adolescents: Pedagogy of Control – Jeff Claus/Curtis Ogden: An Empowering, Transformative Approach to Service – Camille Daniel-Tyson/Lianna Nix: The Early College Concept: Building Hope for Students, Parents, Professionals and Community – Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon: How Can Caring Help? A Personalized Cross-Generational Examination of Violent Adolescent Experiences in Schools – Marcia Peck: «I’m a Person; I’m Not Dirt!»: The Impact of Power Relationships on Perceptions of Caring in a Secondary Classroom – Nel Noddings: Talks with Teenagers and Teachers.