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Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of Quiet Students

reviewed by Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd - August 24, 2009

coverTitle: Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of Quiet Students
Author(s): Mary M. Reda
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 079149361X, Pages: 224, Year: 2009
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Mary Reda begins her work, Between Speaking and Silence, with a particular episode from her teaching life that I believe will ring universally true for almost any professor: Frank writes, Maggie smiles, Alice chews, Steve’s baseball cap bobs. They’ve written; they’ve been physically present; sometimes, they’ve even tried to laugh at my jokes. But not one of them has spoken. Their silence, their sheer determination not to say anything, their presence reproaches me. (p. 1) Reda immediately draws this reader into her work with this opening sentence. I want to know how she handles the above situation in her own teaching. I am curious to see how she will engage the subjects in her qualitative study to discuss silence (a seemingly paradoxical research proposal)! Moreover, I am drawn into this work because Reda lets the reader know that this is not an empty theoretical exercise for her, this work will make Reda... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 24, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15756, Date Accessed: 9/24/2020 5:01:11 PM

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  • Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    STEPHANIE BURDICK-SHEPHERD is a PhD student in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She teaches Philosophical Orientations to Education at Montclair State University. She co-chaired the Graduate Student Conference of Philosophy and Education 2008. Her research interests include childhood, feminist theory, and the art of writing.
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