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Greater Expectations: Teaching Academic Literacy to Underrepresented Students


reviewed by Timothy Ignaffo July 02, 2009

coverTitle: Greater Expectations: Teaching Academic Literacy to Underrepresented Students
Author(s): Robin Turner
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME
ISBN: 1571107401, Pages: 240, Year: 2008
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Without the support of friends and former teachers, Robin Turner would not have been able to navigate the demands of a college education. The opening of Greater Expectations: Teaching Academic Literacy to Underrepresented Students, recounts a friend walking Turner through the college registration process. A simple task, to be sure, but not knowing how to register nearly kept him out of college. Over twenty years later, the assistance Turner received that day continues to inform his mission as an educator: “I’ve never forgotten the day I was given assistance getting into college, and as a teacher, it still fuels me to work passionately toward enabling students to achieve their own goals…” (p. 2). Shortly after becoming a teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, Turner noticed a division in academic performance between students taking honors classes, who were mostly white and Asian, and those students in remedial classes, whose... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 02, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15707, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:40:16 AM

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  • Timothy Ignaffo
    Teachers College, Columbia
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    TIMOTHY IGNAFFO is currently the Program Manager/Field Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education program at TC, as well as a PhD student in the Philosophy and Education program. He is also involved in the Columbia University Philosophy Outreach. Before coming to TC, he taught English Language Arts for four years at a small high school in East Harlem, New York, NY.
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