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The Discourse of Character Education: Culture Wars in the Classroom


reviewed by Julie Stewart - 2006

coverTitle: The Discourse of Character Education: Culture Wars in the Classroom
Author(s): Peter Smagorinsky, & Joel Taxel
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805851267, Pages: 416, Year: 2005
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In The Discourse of Character Education: Culture Wars in the Classroom, authors Peter Smagorinsky and Joel Taxel examine “how character education is grounded, framed, implemented, and assessed, focusing on the discourse of proposals submitted to OERI (Office of Educational Research and Improvement) for character education funding” (p. xv). These proposals were submitted in response to an OERI Request for Proposals as part of its Partnerships in Character Education Pilot Projects grants in the last half of the 1990s. Smagorinsky and Taxel requested proposals and other documents from the 31 states that received OERI funding, but only 11 states responded to their request. Of that number, 8 states provided full documentation including proposals; and three provided limited materials such as pamphlets and fliers. Additionally, the authors examined web-site descriptions of five other OERI-funded state initiatives. The study is based on a “relational analysis of schooling and culture” (p. 13), a method... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1558-1559
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12214, Date Accessed: 11/15/2019 11:31:01 AM

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  • Julie Stewart
    Loyola University
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    JULIE STEWART is Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University, Chicago. Currently, she is involved in the study of habits of discourse between administrators and teachers in teacher inquiry groups in urban schools.
 
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