Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies in and Out of Schools- Foreword by Carol D. Lee (Counterpoints #304) (Paperback)

Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies in and Out of Schools- Foreword by Carol D. Lee (Counterpoints #304) By Shirley R. Steinberg (Editor), Joe L. Kincheloe (Editor), Korina M. Jocson Cover Image
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This is book number 304 in the Counterpoints series.


Youth Poets documents an ethnographic study of the literacy learning of urban high school youth in June Jordan's Poetry for the People program. The book emphasizes how seven students adopted empowering literacies as they read, wrote, published, and performed poetry in and outside of school. Using a sociocultural and critical framework on literacy and pedagogy, the book focuses on the experiences of urban youth - from their own perspectives - to examine the various processes, products, and practices associated with poetry. It contributes to current research on literacy pedagogy in urban contexts, and further grounds connections between poetry production and academic and critical literacies. Not only does the research presented here support the use of poetry in itself, but it makes a case for the ways in which poetry can lead to transformative possibilities in diverse and multicultural classrooms.

About the Author

The Author: Korina M. Jocson is an assistant professor in education, arts and sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She studies the changing nature of literacies, media technologies, and pedagogies across educational contexts. In her research and teaching, Jocson has collaborated with university programs, schools, and community-based organizations that intertwine youth cultural production and literacy development. She received her Ph.D. in education in the area of language, literacy, and culture at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University School of Education.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820481968
ISBN-10: 0820481963
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: October 15th, 2008
Pages: 214
Language: English
Series: Counterpoints