Teaching Transformed: Achieving Excellence, Fairness, Inclusion, and Harmony


reviewed by Leah Kirell & Suzanne M. Wilson — 2002

coverTitle: Teaching Transformed: Achieving Excellence, Fairness, Inclusion, and Harmony
Author(s): Roland G. Tharp, Peggy Estrada, Stephanie Stoll Dalton, and Lois A. Yamauchi,
Publisher: Westview Press, Boulder, CO
ISBN: 0813322693 , Pages: 274, Year: 2000
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Teaching Transformed: Achieving Excellence, Fairness, Inclusion, and Harmony is a hopeful book.  The authors of this edited book have spent their careers investigating -- through research and practice -- how to create classrooms in which all children learn valuable content while being treated respectfully and fairly.  The authors have worked, with students and teachers, in teacher education and professional development, exploring principles of effective pedagogy, and documenting what works.  This book offers a detailed, theoretically grounded, practical plan for transforming teaching into a liberating experience for all.    The conceptual landscape covered in the book is multi-dimensional.  The authors describe their four educational goals:  fairness, excellence, inclusion, and harmony; and they offer five standards of effective pedagogy, based -- they claim -- on research and a “growing consensus” among educators.  These principles include teachers and students producing together; the development of language and literacy across the curriculum; making meaning by connecting school to students’ lives;  teaching complex thinking;  and teaching through sustained “instructional conversations.”    Using sociocultural theory to guide their thinking, the authors argue... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1016-1019
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10897, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 11:41:48 PM

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