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Plummer, Emily C.; Stornaiuolo, Amy; So-Qui-Li I, Go-Gi-Sgk; Lott, Jamal; Marrero, Cierra Lynn; McLaine, Destynn Z.; Murray-Scott, Darrick; Summers, Kristopher; Thompson, Shannon; Torres, Karroline; Williams, Nakeya; Monea, Bethany – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2019
In this collaboratively written piece, a team of researchers and high school students reflect on their participatory ethnography work in a literacy-focused space within a Philadelphia public high school. The authors collectively explore the critical components of their still-unfolding research: participatory space-building, which entails creating…
Descriptors: High School Students, Public Schools, Writing Instruction, Laboratories
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Poza, Luis E. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
Conceptualizations of language and language learning underlie language pedagogies (Vald├ęs, Poza, & Brooks, 2015). The present work relies on ethnographic observation and interviews in a dual immersion (DI) bilingual program, as well as a content analysis of the research foundation of the English Language Development intervention curriculum, to…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Intervention
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Goldstein, Tara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In this essay I share the ways I have used performed ethnography to explore the notion of border crossing in an undergraduate course called "Equity and Activism in Education." Performed ethnography involves turning the findings of ethnographic research into a play script. My students read two performed ethnographies, "Harriet's…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Classroom Techniques, Undergraduate Students, Activism
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Hobson, Sarah – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
Given the prevalence of multimodal texts in today's world, it is not surprising that adolescent literacies are as dynamic, multimodal and visual as the texts with which they interact. As Kress & Van Leeuwen (1996) have outlined, the multimodal texts that make up a large percentage of our world consist of a range of modes (auditory,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction
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Simon, Rob; Bailey, Ashley; Brennan, Jason; Calarco, Antonino; Clarke, Kevin; Edwards, Will; Fujiwara, Catherine; Kalan, Amir; Kruja, Julia; McInnes-Greenberg, Emily; Pisecny, Anna – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
This article includes the script of a performance from the Communities of Inquiry Symposium at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, March 1, 2014. The event invited audience members to imagine the relationship of the arts, multimodality, research, and critical pedagogy, through an evocation of a community of adolescents' and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Death, Novels, European History
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Schiera, Andrew J. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
Practitioner research, as Ravitch (2014) writes in the previous issue of "Perspectives on Urban Education," holds the unique possibility of "generating local, practice-based knowledge that is deeply contextualized and meaningfully embedded in a specific milieu" while spurring a "counter-hegemonic way of thinking about and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Teacher Researchers, Theory Practice Relationship, Praxis
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Hasty, Michelle Medlin; Fain, Jeanne Gilliam – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
In this paper, the authors present findings from a yearlong ethnographic research study that examines the development of critical literacy within two urban fourth grade classrooms in Tennessee. This study examines how young second language learners in English-dominant classrooms learn to read critically, write, and construct multimodal…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Urban Schools, Critical Literacy, English Language Learners
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Mora, Richard – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
Existing evidence suggests that high stakes exams result in little increased learning among students. Yet, given the federal mandates for greater accountability, such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and Race to the Top policies, and the "pervasive testing culture," the use of high-stakes tests is presently an accepted…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Test Preparation
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Brown, Amy – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
For educational philosopher and activist Paulo Freire, cultural circles are a way to generate critical conversations among "teacher-students" and "student-teachers" and can provide the motivation for critical consciousness and political action (1970). Both teachers and students learn from one another as their democratic…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Fiction, College Preparation, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Spencer, Tamara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
In recent years, researchers have called into question the efficacy of prescribed commercial curricula in early childhood classrooms (Genishi & Dyson, 2009). Despite these concerns, federally funded initiatives and such findings as those presented in the Report of the National Early Literacy Panel continue to promote scientifically based…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Literacy Education, Reading, Ethnography
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Cann, Colette; DeMeulenaere, Eric – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2010
In this article, the authors present a narrative that illuminates alternative visions for connecting K12/college collaborations, exploring the potential for social justice work at the intersection of K12 teaching and academia. Told as a collective autoethnography in narrative form, they recount their decisions to teach in K12 spaces, while…
Descriptors: Social Justice, College School Cooperation, Ethnography, Teacher Educators
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Christianakis, Mary – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2010
The Roma, also known as gypsies or "tsinganoi," are amongst the oldest ethnic minorities in Europe. Nonetheless, they have been one of the most universally marginalized groups across all of the European nations. Their marginalization is evident in how Roma children have been treated in schools. Until recently, most nations have only…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Migrants, Minority Groups
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Gutierrez, Kris; McDermott, Ray – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2002
This conversation between two educators begins by examining what brought them to their interest in looking at learning from an ethnographic perspective. Though they come from different viewpoints in regard to education, they agree that they got interested in ethnography through teaching. They discuss time, space, and language in relation to…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education