Adolescents at School, Second Edition

Adolescents at School, Second Edition Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education

Edited by Michael Sadowski, foreword by Deborah Meier
Pub. Date: August 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-041-6
paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-94-6
Price: $32.00

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As any teacher or parent knows, adolescence is a time when youth grapple with the question, “Who am I?” Issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability can complicate this question for young people, affecting their schoolwork and their relationships with teachers, family, and peers.


Adolescents at School is an exceptionally compelling book that should be read by all secondary school teachers, administrators, and parents. It helps us understand the educational successes and failures of adolescents, and focuses on how the lives of adolescents are shaped by their communities, schools, teachers, parents, and peers. — Hersh C. Waxman, Director and Professor, State of Texas Education Research Center, Texas A&M University

Adolescents at School is an extraordinary collection. I had a hard time putting it down. Each of these essays digs deeply and thoughtfully into a subject so vital to us all, with exactly the right balance between the personal, the anecdotal, and the research data. This book will be central to staff and family discussions at schools everywhere. — Deborah Meier, author of In Schools We Trust and The Power of Their Ideas

I wish every teacher, every parent, every person who works with adolescents would read this book. Insightful and informative, Adolescents at School combines wisdom gained through research and practice with the voices of young people to help us better understand the youths with whom we work. Adolescents at School belongs in every school. — Michele Forman, National Teacher of the Year, 2001

Adolescents at School provides a thorough portrait of the many worlds our students inhabit—a more complete picture than our students themselves can articulate. — Aaron Listhaus, Director of New School Development, Urban Assembly Schools

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About the Editor

Michael Sadowski is an assistant professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College, based in New York City and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where his course, “Identity, Culture, and the Classroom,” explores many of the issues addressed in Adolescents at School. Prior to teaching at Bard, he was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; editor of the Harvard Education Letter, for which he received several writing awards from the Association of Educational Publishers and the National Press Club; and vice-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. In addition to Adolescents at School, he is the editor of Teaching Immigrant and Second-Language Students: Strategies for Success (Harvard Education Press, 2004), a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Macmillan, 2008), and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. A former full-time English and drama teacher, he continues to coteach at the high school level with faculty at New Day Academy, one of the Bard MAT Program’s partner public schools in the South Bronx.