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Using Action Research to Foster Positive Social Vaues

reviewed by Kirsten Olson - 2006

coverTitle: Using Action Research to Foster Positive Social Vaues
Author(s): Jean Benton
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 1578862108, Pages: 127, Year: 2005
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This slim but indigestible book on designing classroom-based research to address problems of intolerance and disruptive behavior in elementary school classrooms, begins with a familiar pedagogical sigh:  Why arent classrooms peaceful and respectful, the way they used to be?   Or as the author says, the book explores how the growth in nonmainstream cultures will continue to further influence cultural values and behaviors (p. vi) and create disruptive, disrespectful pupils.   Benton hamhandedly reinforces the destructive notion that socioeconomic and cultural diversity in classrooms are the causes of pedagogical dysfunction, rather than an invitation to more sophisticated teaching practices and enriched classroom communities.  The author uses three slender, poorly developed case studies to back her claim that action researchresearch in which a teacher notices a problem, observes it to benchmark it, designs an intervention and carries it out, and then documents the results of the interventioncan help teachers create peaceful classrooms and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 890-892
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12120, Date Accessed: 9/25/2021 12:01:19 AM

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  • Kirsten Olson
    Wheaton College
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    KIRSTEN OLSON is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. Her research examines the changing discourses of social reform and educational improvement in twentieth century American schooling. She was formerly the anthropology and sociology editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
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