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On the Case: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research


reviewed by Ted R. Purington 2006

coverTitle: On the Case: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research
Author(s): Anne Haas Dyson & Celia Genishi
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745979, Pages: 148, Year: 2005
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Admonitions to educational scholars to produce more rigorous scientifically-constructed research have proliferated under No Child Left Behind.  Although crucial in terms of defining education as a hard-core academic field—as well as building a better research base in general—alternative and mixed methods are essential to rounding out the human experience involved in all educational activities.  Otherwise, imagine if all educational research followed the principles of medical research, a much paralleled cousin.  The purpose of medical research is to show what works and what does not work in keeping human beings healthy and alive.  It is fairly simple:  Either one is alive or one is not.  In the field of education, we are still not even sure what it means to be educated (and truly, we may never need to come to consensus on this as long as the conversations persist).  Anne Haas Dyson and Celia Genishi write in this framework in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 121-122
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12052, Date Accessed: 4/26/2017 7:26:47 PM

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  • Ted Purington
    Learning Point Associates' Center for Literacy
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    TED R. PURINGTON, Ed.D., is an Associate with the Center for Literacy, Learning Point Associates, Naperville, IL. His current projects include adolescent literacy intervention, staff development in adolescent literacy, and social network analysis of teacher collaboration and information transfer between teachers.
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