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    Voices Inside Schools - Historical Perspective as an Important Element of Teachers' Knowledge: A Sonata-Form Case Study of Equity Issues in a Chemistry Classroom

    Zachary Dean Sconiers, Jerry Lee Rosiek
    In this article, middle school science teacher Zachary Sconiers and university researcher Jerry Rosiek introduce the sonata-form case study, a narrative structure designed to document teachers' understandings of how subject matter and sociocultural influences intersect in the classroom. Written in collaboration with the Fresno Science Education Equity Teacher Research Project, this case study is told from the perspective of Jerome Jameson, a fictional chemistry teacher, whose story is based on Sconiers's actual teaching experiences. Also integrated into the narrative are Sconiers's in-depth reflections on the connections between his commitment to science education and his commitment to promoting educational equity. The sonata-form case study is followed by an afterword, written by Rosiek and Sconiers, that describes this unique methodology for teacher inquiry in full detail. The writing process for the case study was extensive and iterative: the two authors worked closely over the course of a year to develop the narrative, with Rosiek taking the lead on revising and editing. With this case study, Sconiers and Rosiek highlight the critical need for a new form of educational research, one that "builds bridges between the discourses of educational excellence and educational equity, as well as between theory and practice."

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    Fall 2000 Issue


    HER Classic Reprint - Student Social Class and Teacher Expectations
    The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Ghetto Education
    Ray C. Rist
    Late Immersion and Language of Instruction in Hong Kong High Schools
    Achievement Growth in Language and Nonlanguage Subjects
    Herbert W. Marsh, Kit-Tai Hau, Chit-Kwong Kong
    The Thing Never Speaks for Itself
    Lacan and the Pedagogical Politics of Clarity
    Douglas Sadao Aoki

    Book Notes

    Has Feminism Changed Science?
    By Londa Schiebinger

    Making Our High Schools Better
    By Anne Westcott Dodd and Jean L. Konzal

    Women’s Science
    By Margaret A. Eisenhart and Elizabeth Finkel, with Linda Behm, Nancy Lawrence, and Karen Tonso

    Between Church and State
    By James W. Fraser

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