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Listening Up: Reinventing Ourselves As Teachers and Students

reviewed by Glenn Fay, Jr. - 2002

coverTitle: Listening Up: Reinventing Ourselves As Teachers and Students
Author(s): Rachel Martin
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport
ISBN: 0867093870 , Pages: , Year: 2001
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Democratic and equitable constructivist teaching and learning commands center stage in education today. In classrooms around the US, many of us are looking for ways to truly meet all students’ needs and hopefully use the authority of the classroom group to empower learners. Listening Up, Rachel Martin’s new book, describes the edge of new critical pedagogy that accomplishes this aim. Her methods are drawn from her experiences working in a number of community settings with adult students outside the dominant white culture. She inspires her students to engage in creative oral and written discourse based on their own personal experiences. But her methods move beyond collectively exploring stories about themselves and the world in the context of new knowledge. Instead, Martin demands that students create, not simply uncover their stories. In her words, "radical teaching depends on the idea that we read and write and create the world differently, as opposed to simply discovering it." In this way, Listening Up pushes critical pedagogy into an active mode... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 142-146
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10785, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 4:46:32 AM

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  • Glenn Fay, Jr.
    University of Vermont
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    Glenn Fay, Jr. is a high school science teacher, a University of Vermont adjunct faculty member, and a family man. Glennís research interests include teaching and learning and specifically student investments in learning. His most recent publication is a chapter in Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation, McInerney & VanEtten, Eds., Information Age Publishing, 2001, and he is presently working on a book for kids about motivation.
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