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The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley


reviewed by Carollee Howes February 01, 2010

coverTitle: The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley
Author(s): Patricia M. Cooper
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226115232, Pages: 248, Year: 2009
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Vivian Paley, a laboratory schoolteacher of young children has written 12 ethnographic books describing and reflecting on classroom practices. These are rich books, marvelously detailed and thoughtful. The stated goal of Patricia Cooper’s book, The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley, is to make the content of the Paley ethnographies available to teacher educators, and in the process make explicit the professional practice of Paley the teacher. In my view Cooper accomplishes this goal and in the process provides the reader with much more than a manual for pedagogy of meaning and fairness for young children. In this review I want to discuss two themes introduced by Cooper: fantasy play and storytelling as important for the literacy development of all children and the role of the teacher in classrooms for young children. I then will comment on the process of teaching teachers to engage in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 01, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15905, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:39:13 AM

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  • Carollee Howes
    University of California, Los Angeles
    CAROLLEE HOWES is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her recent publications include: Howes, C. (2010). Culture and Child Development in Early Childhood Education: Practices, activities interactions, and relationships. New York: Teachers College Press. Her current research focuses on social relationships among children and their peers and significant adults across multiple cultural communities.
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