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3rd Edition

Against Common Sense
Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice

ISBN 9781138788510
Published March 27, 2015 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

The phrase "teaching for social justice" is often used, but not always explained. What does it look like to teach for social justice? What are the implications for anti-oppressive teaching across different areas of the curriculum? Drawing on his own experiences teaching diverse grades and subjects, leading author and educator Kevin Kumashiro examines various aspects of anti-oppressive teaching and learning in six different subject areas. Celebrating 10 years as a go-to resource for K-12 teachers and teacher educators, this third edition of the bestselling Against Common Sense features:

• A new introduction that addresses the increased challenges of anti-oppressive teaching in an era of teacher evaluations, standardization and ever-increasing accountability.
• End of chapter teacher responses that provide subject-specific examples of what anti-oppressive teaching really looks like in the classroom.
• End of chapter questions for reflection that will enhance comprehension and help readers translate abstract ideas into classroom practice.
• Additional readings and resources to inspire students to further their social justice education.

Compelling and accessible, Against Common Sense continues to offer readers the tools they need to begin teaching against their common sense assumptions and toward social justice.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings. Acknowledgements to the 10th Anniversary Third Edition. About the Author. Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Third Edition. Part I. Movements Toward Anti-Oppressive Teacher Education. Chapter 1. Three Teacher Images in U.S. Teacher Education Programs. Chapter 2. Preparing Teachers for Crisis: A Sample Lesson. Chapter 3. Preparing Teachers for Uncertainty: A Sample Lesson. Chapter 4. Preparing Teachers for Healing: A Conversation with Buddhism. Chapter 5. Preparing Teachers for Activism: A Reflection on Things Queer. Part II. Preparing Anti-Oppressive Teachers in Six Disciplines. Chapter 6. Examples from Social Studies. Chapter 7. Examples from English Literature. Chapter 8. Examples from Music. Chapter 9. Examples from "Foreign" Languages. Chapter 10. Examples from the Natural Sciences. Chapter 11. Examples from Mathematics. Conclusion: With Hope. Afterword, by William F. Pinar. Index.

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Kevin K. Kumashiro is Dean of the School of Education, University of San Francisco.


Praise for the New Edition:

"I would encourage anyone with an interest in social justice and education to pick up this book, which offers an accessible and thoughtful discussion of existing teacher education and pedagogical practice" - Lisa Maria Reilly, Pwer and Education Journal

Praise for Previous Editions:

 "Rarely does a book have the ability to capture the wide audience within the field of education; however, teachers, teacher educators, and researchers alike will find Against Common Sense a thoughtful and applicable volume." --Harvard Educational Review

"This book is an insightful and provocative must-read for all pre-service teachers, teacher educators, in-service teachers, and graduate students implementing teacher education programs. Too bad it wasn't written sooner."  --Radical Teacher