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Engaging Troubling Students: A Constructivist Approach / Edition 1

Engaging Troubling Students: A Constructivist Approach / Edition 1

by Scot E. Danforth, Terry Jo Smith
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Filled with rich narrative anddesigned for educatorsworking with troubling students each day, this insightful, practical guide leads you in developing helpful, trusting student-teacher relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412904483
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/07/2004
Series: 1-Off Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 787,054
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Dr. Scot Danforth is well-known leader in the growing area of Disability Studies in Education, a multidisciplinary field of educational research exploring disabilities as sociopolitical constructions and construing the disabled community as an oppressed minority group. He is co-founder of the Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association ( His research has explored the roles of professional and layperson discourses in the social and political construction of disability. Additionally, his publications have analyzed the historical and philosophical development of the field of special education. He has written a wide range of books and articles in the areas of special education teacher preparation, working with students with social and emotional difficulties, and classroom management. He is Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Division of Teaching of Learning, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Terry Jo Smith is an Associate Professor of Special Education at National Louis-University in Chicago. She has extensive experience teaching students labeled emotionally/behaviorally disordered in inner-city schools. She has an abiding interest in teacher research, particularly in relationship to the social, cultural and political dimensions of schooling and how these are enacted in school relationships and curriculum. She has worked with a group of teacher/researchers for several years, researching the impact of constructivist pedagogy in a broad range of educational settings. Currently, she is engaging in research at a school in a youth detention center where she is developing constructivist curriculum with teachers and students. Smith's teaching, research and scholarship spring from a passionate commitment to social justice.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Teaching as Relationship
About This Book
Outline of the Book
Part I: Conceptual and Historical Foundations
1. Examining Child and School Behaviors
2. Introducing Critical Constructivism
3. Creating a Participatory Classroom Community
Part II: The Pedagogies of Constructivism
4. Adopting a Caring Pedagogy
5. Working Together
6. Reflective Teaching
Part III: Programs and Practices
7. Using Conflict Resolution as Instruction
8. Implementing the KEYS Program for Students With E/BD
9. Working With Families
10. Considering Inclusive Education
11. Honoring and Developing Ourselves as Teachers

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