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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 2010
Language is more than a means of representing and communicating ideas. It is subject to one's values and beliefs about language and people. For this reason, it is also a means of constructing an identity, a place of belonging in a complex world. Various authors have set forth visions of young people constructing social places for themselves amid…
Descriptors: Language Usage, English Instruction, Relevance (Education), Academic Standards
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 2005
The art of spoken word has captured youthful spirits all over the country, especially in heterogeneous urban centers. In this essay, the author opens up for re-consideration a central issue in language arts education, one suggested by the very writing of spoken word: how educators think about the relationship between oral and written language and…
Descriptors: Written Language, Relationship, Oral Language, Urban Schools
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 2002
Revisits the author's efforts to deliberately craft words that surfaced in conversations with others. Reflects on the writing of "What Difference Does Difference Make," which won the author the Emig Award. Emphasizes two qualities of pedagogical storytelling that are critically important when that talk is about "difference."…
Descriptors: Differences, Discourse Analysis, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 1986
Argues that a teacher must develop activities for the classroom with the uniqueness of a particular group of students in mind and that a set of activities that works in one setting should not become a static curriculum, uncritically adopted as a formula. (SRT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Style, Dictation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 1992
Focuses on the writing aspect of the language arts curriculum. Introduces six-year-old Jameel, who illustrates a critical appraisal of an enacted curriculum. Rethinks the appropriateness of tensions between "process,""skills," and "heritage." Discusses the open, reflective stance of Jameel's teacher, who illustrates…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Change, English Curriculum, Learning Processes