Power of Talk How Words Change Our Lives

ISBN-10: 1412956021
ISBN-13: 9781412956024
Edition: 2009
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Description: Examine how critical language awareness can be a powerful and positive tool for change in your school! How does our use of language affect our understanding and the way we act? How can we use language to promote equity and social justice? This  More...

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 1/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

Examine how critical language awareness can be a powerful and positive tool for change in your school! How does our use of language affect our understanding and the way we act? How can we use language to promote equity and social justice? This innovative resource presents a coaching model focused on developing awareness of the ways in which language can serve as a positive cultural tool rather than as a means to support existing inequities. Written in an accessible style, this book offers short case studies, stories, and vignettes that illuminate the transformative role of everyday language. The authors provide invaluable insights as they discuss how mindful use of language can: Connect with assumptions and a larger belief system Help develop equitable and socially just schools Favorably affect life circumstances in the wider school community

Felecia M. Briscoe , an associate professor, focuses her research on the relationship between power and knowledge. Her research interests are concerned with the development of educational equity especially as related to classism, racism, and sexism. She studies how power manifests in discourse. Her most recently published article is titled, "Reproduction of Racialized Hierarchies: Ethnic identities in the discourse of educational leadership." She has also just completed a co-authored manuscript in which she analyzes the discourse of the U.S. legislation, "No Child Left Behind." Briscoe has experienced a variety of teaching contexts. She started out as a seventh-grade science teacher in a public school in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also taught at the University of Cincinnati and at Concord College. She has been a member of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas, San Antonio since the summer of 2000. Briscoe earned her doctorate in educational foundations from the University of Cincinnati. She also has an MA in psychology with an emphasis in experimental cognitive psychology and a BS in elementary education with an emphasis in science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
Why? The Same Old Problem
What? The Book's Purpose
How? Achieving the Purpose
What Will You Get Out of This Book?
Avoiding the Master's Language Tools
Overview of the Chapters
Where and When Might the Book Be Used?
The Power of Language: A Medium for Promoting Social Justice and Equity
In What Ways Is Language a Transformative Force in Society?
What Are Educational Equity and Social Justice
What Are Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Language Awareness
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Becoming Effective in Using Critical Language Awareness
Noticing How Language Constructs Our Social World
Relating the Trees to the Forest, and the Forest to the Trees
Imagining Alternatives
Coaching
Teaching With Critical Language Awareness
Using Memorable Examples, Metaphors, and Quotes
Modeling, Teamwork, Inclusiveness, and Respect
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Avoiding Othering: Practicing Including
Introduction
A Change Agent in Action
How Is Othering Harmful?
Digging Deeper Into Othering
From Othering to Inclusion and Dialogue
Activities
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Disrupting Prejudice: A Communicative Approach
Introduction
Abstracting
Communicative Model
Developing a Data Culture
Activity: Developing Language Skills for Disrupting Prejudice
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Exceptionalizing or Democratizing?
Introduction
Exceptionalizing: How It Promotes Inequities
The Importance of Context
Cognitive Disequilibrium and Exceptionalizing
The Context of the Interviews
Recognizing Exceptionalizing Discourse
Revising for a More Democratizing Discourse
Activities for Developing Democratizing Language Skills
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Recognizing and Revising Stratifying Discourse
Introduction
Key Concepts
Recognizing and Revising Stratifying Discourse
Activities for Developing Language Skills for Social Justice
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Contesting Labels
Introduction
Contesting Labels
Acronyms as Deep Abstractions
Talk Strategies
Redressing Labels Through Institutional Action
Thoughtful Inaction
Activity: Crowning With Labels
Conclusion and Summary of Key Points
Conclusion: The Power of Talk
Revisiting the Book's Objectives
Using the Power of Talk for Social Justice
A Final Thought
References
Index

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