Cultural Transformations

Cultural Transformations Youth and Pedagogies of Possibility

Edited by Korina M. Jocson, Afterword by Shirley Brice Heath
paper, 288 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-614-2
Price: $33.00

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In what ways can teachers build on youth culture to improve learning opportunities in the classroom?

In this fascinating and highly readable collection, Korina M. Jocson brings together more than two dozen scholars, artists, educators, and youth workers to illustrate how nondominant youth can be engaged through various social justice arts projects.


During this period of high-stakes testing, many educators are searching for ways to do more than merely raise test scores—they seek strategies that will motivate, engage, and inspire their students to learn. In Cultural Transformations, Jocson and her colleagues have created a truly invaluable resource. In these chapters, readers will learn that there is a broad array of cultural resources, typically located outside of school, that can be drawn upon to tap into the interests and passions of their students. With contributions from a broad array of artists, scholars, and practitioners who work within and outside of education, this book demonstrates that culture can serve as a powerful medium for reaching students who would otherwise be alienated and marginalized. The book is insightful and illuminating, and educators will find a treasure trove of ideas that help them make education relevant and meaningful to the students they serve. — Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University

In an ever more demographically diverse nation, looking anew at the ways our youth are taught is one of the greatest and most important challenges facing educators today. In addressing this challenge, these essays take the vibrancy of modern youth culture and show how it points to a new direction in pedagogical theory. — C. Matthew Snipp, Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

Recommendable for the experienced pedagogue with an interest in bridging the perceived gap between theory and application. — Mary Elizabeth Hayes, Journal of Language and Literacy Education

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About the Editor

Korina M. Jocson is an assistant professor of education at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests include literacy, youth, and cultural studies in education. For over a decade, Jocson has collaborated with university programs, schools, and community-based organizations to promote literacy development among youth. She has published a number of journal articles and is the author of Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies In and Out of Schools (Peter Lang; 2008). Currently, she is completing a book tentatively titled Youth Media Matters: Literacy and Education in a Participatory Culture.

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