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Teacher Education and the Cultural Imagination : Autobiography, Conversation, and Narrative - Susan Florio-Ruane

Teacher Education and the Cultural Imagination

Autobiography, Conversation, and Narrative

Paperback Published: 3rd April 2001
ISBN: 9780805823752
Number Of Pages: 216

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Making culture a more central concept in the texts and contexts of teacher education is the focus of this book. It is a rich account of the author's investigation of teacher book club discussions of ethnic literature, specifically ethnic autobiography--as a genre from which teachers might learn about culture, literacy, and education in their own and others' lives, and as a form of conversation and literature-based work that might be sustainable and foster teachers' comprehension and critical thinking. Dr. Florio-Ruane's role in the book clubs merged participation and inquiry. For this reason, she blends personal narrative with analysis and description of ways she and the book club participants explored culture in the stories they told one another and in their responses to published autobiographies. She posits that autobiography and conversation may be useful for teachers not only in constructing their own learning about culture, but also, by doing so, in participating in the transformation of learning within the teaching profession.

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Our Profession, Our Selvesp. xxv
About This Bookp. xxvii
Turning Inward to Begin Cultural Inquiryp. 1
Ethnographic Stories of Selfp. 3
Remembering Ethnicityp. 5
Representing Culture and Ethnic Identityp. 9
Talking and Thinking About Culturep. 16
Conversation and Conceptsp. 17
Metaphors and Meaningsp. 19
The Elusiveness of Culture in Teachers' Educationp. 23
The Webs We Weavep. 26
Only Connect?p. 28
The Stories by Which We Teachp. 33
The "Default Mode" in our Thinking About Culturep. 34
Durable Narratives in Educationp. 37
Rethinking Stories of Culture for Teacher Educationp. 42
Learning from Paley's Storyp. 46
Conversation and Narrative in the Future Teachers' Autobiography Clubp. 49
About the Clubp. 50
Transforming Our Texts and Contextsp. 54
Engaging Literacy in Communityp. 58
Inquiry Into Autobiography and Conversationp. 62
Early Interpretation: Connected Knowers?p. 63
The Situation and Contextp. 64
A Research Collaborationp. 66
Narrating Culture in Book Talkp. 73
Extension Into New Meaningsp. 76
Taking a Poet's Spectator Stancep. 78
Expanding our Definition of Culturep. 83
Transformative Genresp. 89
Maya's Graduationp. 92
Fictionalizing Selfp. 95
Talking About Caged Birdp. 97
Conversational Genresp. 99
Difficult Conversationsp. 102
Finding a Topicp. 102
Doubting: The Debatep. 105
Dodging Hot Lava: Reframing and Repairp. 111
Believing: Joint Inquiryp. 116
Culture Across Texts and Contexts: The Literary Circlep. 123
The Literary Circlep. 124
Thinking Togetherp. 126
Reading Culture in Autobiography: Axes of Meaningp. 129
Toward Dialogic, Literature-Based Teacher Developmentp. 132
Changing Talk About Textp. 134
Uncovering Culturep. 137
Extensions to Practice in Teaching and Teacher Educationp. 139
How Culture Mattersp. 141
My Father's Storyp. 141
The Problem of Our Storiesp. 144
Historical Backgroundp. 146
To Tell a New Storyp. 147
Beginning with Engagementp. 151
Referencesp. 156
Sample Narrativesp. 171
Author Indexp. 175
Subject Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780805823752
ISBN-10: 0805823751
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 3rd April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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