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Creating Communities of Effective Practice: Building Literacy for Language Minority Students


by Kris D. Gutierrez & Brenda Meyer 1995

Several studies of reform-oriented literacy instruction have examined how teachers and students constructed a classroom community of learners and, further, how such communities positively influence the teaching and learning of literacy among elementary and middle school immigrant Latino and other ethnically diverse students. Additional studies have inquired into the nature of teaching and learning in specific classrooms, the role of interaction in literacy instruction, the role of ethnicity in classroom interaction, and the kinds of activities, classroom settings, and assistance that help to create reflective teachers and effective practice) Ultimately, these studies were concerned with how communities of effective practice are created for both teachers and students.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 94, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 5, 1995, p. 32-52
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18812, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:48:55 AM

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About the Author
  • Kris Gutierrez
    University of California at Los Angeles
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    KRIS D. GUTIERREZ is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, University of California at Los Angeles.
  • Brenda Meyer
    University of California at Los Angeles
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    BRENDA MEYER is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education, University of California at Los Angeles.
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