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Affirming Students' Right to Their Own Language Bridging Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices by Jerrie Cobb Scott

Affirming Students' Right to Their Own Language Bridging Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices


Affirming Students' Right to Their Own Language Bridging Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices by Jerrie Cobb Scott

A Co-publication of the National Council of Teachers of English and Routledge. How can teachers make sound pedagogical decisions and advocate for educational policies that best serve the needs of students in today's diverse classrooms? What is the pedagogical value of providing culturally and linguistically diverse students greater access to their own language and cultural orientations? This landmark volume responds to the call to attend to the unfinished pedagogical business of the NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communication 1974 Studentsa (TM) Right to Their Own Language resolution. Chronicling the interplay between legislated/litigated education policies and language and literacy teaching in diverse classrooms, it presents exemplary research-based practices that maximize students' learning by utilizing their home-based cultural, language, and literacy practices to help them meet school expectations. Pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and teacher educators need both resources and knowledge, including global perspectives, about language variation in PreK-12 classrooms and hands-on strategies that enable teachers to promote students' use of their own language in the classroom while also addressing mandated content and performance standards. This book meets that need. Visit for more information about NCTE books, membership, and other services.


Overall, the authors do a commendable job of educating the reader on the complexity and importance of how valuing students
language is critical for them to succeed in our increasingly multilingual, multicultural school environments. It provides a rich discussion of language policies up to and after the passage of the first SRTOL act in 1974, with the editors effectively unmasking pedagogical practices that other teachers can draw from to implement SRTOL

's goal of supporting students'
language rights

. -Education Review The book is of great value and is an excellent means of bringing attention to and promoting the principles of the SRTOL resolution...Critical language education scholars who work in the areas of teacher and graduate education will find this book very useful, with some chapters appropriate for use in their own classrooms, and others appropriate for informing their own research and advocacy efforts. -Teachers College Record

About the Author

Jerrie Cobb Scott is Professor of Urban Literacy and Director of the Reading Center at the University of Memphis. Dolores Y. Straker (deceased) was Dean of the Raymond Walters College at the University of Cincinnati. Laurie Katz is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The Ohio State University.

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Publication date

3rd November 2008


Jerrie Cobb Scott

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Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc


448 pages





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