We face an epidemic of disengagement in American high schools as our institutions fail to offer meaningful and relevant ways to connect curriculum with students' emerging life stories. These students do not see how schooling, as it is presently constituted, is important to their own developing identities. One solution to this problem is to organize the curriculum around the concept of community and to link the study of abstract concepts and principles to their manifestations in the places that students know and care about (local history, shared traditions, civic pride, etc.). The Power of Community-Centered Education provides psychological, sociological, historical, and philosophical insights into why community works so well as an organizing principle for high school.
I am so impressed with this wonderful book about teaching and place.... It has been observed that 90% of our knowledge is folklore (learned by experience), and this is the knowledge that we will pass on to the next generation. Unfortunately, our educational curricula, testing requirements, and bureaucratic busywork have kept teachers and students in a knowledge-restricting straightjacket. The Power of Community-Centered Education gives us a blueprint for breaking out of these constraints to give teachers and students a way back to real experience-based, community-centered learning.--Peggy A. Bulger, director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 17th August 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 18.01 x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.1