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International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School Hardcover – Oct 8 2010
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From the Back Cover
The International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School is the first handbook of its kind to be published. It brings together in a single volume the groundbreaking work of scholars who have conducted studies of student experiences of school in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, England, Ghana, Ireland, Pakistan, and the United States. Drawing extensively on students’ interpretations of their experiences in school as expressed in their own words, chapter authors offer insights into how students conceptualize and approach school, how students understand and address the ongoing social opportunities for and challenges in working with other students and teachers, and the multiple ways in which students shape and contribute to school improvement. The individual chapters are framed by an opening chapter, which provides background on, bases of, and trends in research on students’ experiences of school, and a final chapter, which uses the interpretive framework translation provided to explore how researching students’ experiences of school challenges those involved to translate the qualitative research methods they use, the terms they evoke to describe and define students’ experiences of schools, and, in fact, themselves as researchers.
About the Author
Dennis Thiessen is Professor and Chair in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Ontario Institute for Studies and Education, University of Toronto
Alison Cook-Sather is Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Bryn Mawr College. She works with undergraduate students seeking state certification to teach at the secondary level and college faculty members interested in developing their teaching. Her research focuses on metaphors for education and student voice, and her most recent books are "International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School", coedited with Dennis Thiessen (Springer 2007), and "Education Is Translation: A Metaphor for Change in Learning and Teaching" (University of Pennsylvania Press 2006).
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