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Just Girls: Hidden Literacies and Life in Junior High


reviewed by Taylor Jill McLean — 1999

coverTitle: Just Girls: Hidden Literacies and Life in Junior High
Author(s): Margaret Finders
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735604, Pages: 144, Year: 1997
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Who cannot remember the illicit thrill of possible apprehension when pass­ing notes in class to friends? So serious was the infraction considered to be at the all-girls school I attended that being caught meant a visit to the head­mistress. These notes are part of what Margaret Finders names as hidden literacies in Just Girls: Hidden Literacies in Junior High, a book with crucial information for teachers, school administrators, and those interested in ado­lescent girls and their shifting and multiple identities. A teacher of language arts for thirteen years and a supervisor of student teachers, as a doctoral student Finders moves to the back of a seventh grade classroom, choosing a school district where she knows and values the teach­ers and believes there to be a sound student-centered pedagogy. Spending a year in which a group of sixth graders, aged 11 and 12, transitioned into junior high, Finders documented literacy events in and out of school. Picking two groups of girls as focal students (fourteen girls total) Finders... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 101 Number 1, 1999, p. 139-140
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10691, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 8:26:59 AM

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