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Shoptalk : lessons in teaching from an African American hair salon

Author: Yolanda J Majors
Publisher: New York, NY : Teachers College Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the development of literacy, identity, and thinking skills that takes place through cross-generation conversation in an African American hair salon and how it can inform teaching in today's diverse classrooms. By shining a spotlight on verbal discussions between the salon's patrons and workers, the author provides a critical reassessment of the achievement gap discourse and focuses on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yolanda J Majors
ISBN: 9780807756614 080775661X 9780807756621 0807756628
OCLC Number: 904183029
Description: xii, 175 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Needing to know, wanting to teach --
Orienting ourselves to cultural ways of knowing --
Institutional organization of community practice --
CUltural border crossing and the narration of social texts --
What gets read, who is the reader, and how do you talk back to disempowering texts? --
Shifting borders and landscapes --
Shoptalk in the classroom --
The classroom as a site of guided participation.
Responsibility: Yolanda J. Majors ; foreword by Carol D. Lee.

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This book examines the development of literacy, identity, and thinking skills that takes place through cross-generation conversation in an African American hair salon and how it can inform teaching in today's diverse classrooms. By shining a spotlight on verbal discussions between the salon's patrons and workers, the author provides a critical reassessment of the achievement gap discourse and focuses on the intellectual toolkits available to African Americans as members of thriving communities. While this book offers a detailed analysis of the informal teaching and language practice that occurs within the salon, it also moves beyond that setting to consider culturally situated problem-solving within an urban language arts classroom.

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