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Adolescent Lives in Transition: How Social Class Influences the Adjustment to Middle School


reviewed by Kathryn Byrnes — 2006

coverTitle: Adolescent Lives in Transition: How Social Class Influences the Adjustment to Middle School
Author(s): Donna Marie San Antonio
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791460363, Pages: 352, Year: 2004
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In Adolescent Lives in Transition: How Social Class Influences the Adjustment to Middle School, Donna Marie San Antonio offers her readers an insightful look into the transition of thirty students from their local elementary schools in the rural Northeastern United States to their integrated six-town seventh and eighth grade middle school.  She uniquely addresses how the students’ home, school, community values and norms impact this transitional period in their lives.   This ethnographic account of how two communities shape and are shaped by these young people privileges student voices and offers readers a glimpse into adolescent lives, struggles, and resiliency through the eyes of her research participants—the adolescents.   San Antonio encourages her audience to value and respect the experiences of these sixth and seventh graders as she has: “On a regular basis, I was brought up short by the students’ subtle, discerning insights and I was saddened that their vast knowledge,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 897-899
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12136, Date Accessed: 8/21/2017 1:52:34 PM

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  • Kathryn Byrnes
    University of Colorado-Boulder
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    KATIE BYRNES is a graduate student in Instruction and Curriculum at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Areas of interest and current projects involve teacher preparation, narrative research, rites of passage, and teacher identity/self. Recently, she published a review of David Labaree’s The Trouble with Ed Schools in Education Review.
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