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Illuminating Texts: How to Teach Students to Read the World


reviewed by Elizabeth Henning — 2003

coverTitle: Illuminating Texts: How to Teach Students to Read the World
Author(s): Jim Burke
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0867094974 , Pages: 224, Year: 2001
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In this wholesome book Jim Burke practices what he proposes by providing teachers of English (and across the curriculum) with a functional and dynamically networked text, rich in opportunities for a multi-literate engagement with both the paper and the electronic texts that he has composed and to which he has connected. His medium serves his message well. He gives the reader an opportunity to “read the world” of the teaching of reading from where he has positioned himself. This position is one whence he approaches reading mainly as skilful knowledge making and identity construction. He argues, “For too long the imagination and its role in education has been dismissed by the public as irrelevant or even dangerous. But what are we doing as teachers if not helping students to try on a series of possible selves through our disciplines...” (p. 16). Burke has composed a text that demonstrates what young people need to know to be able to engage critically with the vast volumes of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1390-1394
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10884, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 10:00:46 PM

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  • Elizabeth Henning
    Rand Afrikaans University
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    ELIZABETH HENNING is Professor of Educational Linguistics in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a Spencer Foundation postdoctoral Fellow in 1995-1996, then researching the professional development of unlicensed teachers in informal settlement community schools. She is presently engaged in research on online learning in teacher education courses and concomitant with that the identity development of teacher education students in online courses. Recent publications include Finding Your Way in Academic Writing (Van Schaik Publishers, 2002).
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