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Belcher, Catherine L., 1968-
Teaching Harry Potter : the power of imagination in multicultural classrooms / Catherine L. Belcher and Becky Herr Stephenson
Alternate Title Power of imagination in multicultural classrooms
1st ed
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR6068.O93 Z535 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Rowling, J. K. -- Study and teaching -- Case studies
Subject(s) Popular literature -- Study and teaching -- Case studies
Multicultural education -- California -- Case studies
Creative teaching -- Case studies
Critical pedagogy -- United States
Education and state -- United States
Physical Description xiv, 201 p. ; 22 cm
Summary "Given the current educational climate of high stakes testing, standardized curriculum, and "approved" reading lists, incorporating unauthorized, often controversial, popular literature into the classroom becomes a political choice. The authors examine why teachers choose to read Harry Potter, how they use the books and incorporate new media, and the resulting teacher-student interactions. The book encourages a critical discussion regarding the state of our educational system and the increasing lack of space allowed for imagination and complexity. Its unique research methodology is part ethnographic, part practitioner research, and serves as an analytical commentary on current school culture and policy"-- Provided by publisher
"Teaching Harry Potter illuminates the experiences of three diverse teachers as they read the Potter novels in multicultural classrooms, pushing back against shrinking opportunities for literacy and imagination in urban schools. Utilizing a combination of ethnography, practitioner research, and critical analysis, the book provides an analytical commentary on school culture and policy, focusing on a sector that has been largely ignored in current debates about schooling--the role of teachers. Richly textured classroom narratives are complimented by analysis of the current state of the teaching profession and the potential of popular media and technology to support imagination and innovation in education"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-187) and index
Contents Introduction: why Harry? -- Defending the (not really) Dark Arts: teaching to break the DADA curse -- Harry on the border between two worlds: reading Harry en EspaƱol in a Mexican American border community -- Harry in the classroom: waking sleeping dragons -- Harry Potter and the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum: teaching AP English in an urban charter high school -- Old magic, new technologies -- Entering the forbidden forest: teaching fiction and fantasy in urban special education -- Imagining more
Series Secondary education in a changing world
Alternate Author Herr-Stephenson, Becky

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