Collaborative Learning Communities in Middle School Literacy Education: Increasing Student Engagement with Authentic Literacy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Collaborative Learning Communities in Middle School Literacy Education

Increasing Student Engagement with Authentic Literacy, 1st Edition

By Jolene T. Malavasic


96 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138353978
pub: 2019-07-04
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Offering research on after school literacy programs designed around teacher-student collaborative inquiry groups, this book demonstrates how adolescent learning is uniquely successful when grounded in dialogic conversation. By providing a robust theoretical framework for this approach in the middle school, Malavasic showcases how developing a learning community which focuses on mutual respect and attention to students’ personal academic literacy histories can become the catalyst for the overall success of teaching and learning in the classroom.

Centered on building quality teacher-student relationships and creating a classroom learning community, this book highlights essential topics such as:

  • The impact of talk-based critical thinking
  • The augmentation on students’ motivation, engagement and identity construction
  • Research, theory and pedagogy
  • Celebrating literacy learning

Developing Collaborative Learning Communities to Enhance Students’ Literacy Practices is the perfect addition for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of literacy and those on Teacher Education programs. This volume positions collaborative inquiry learning as an effective way forward for teaching and learning in the middle school and is essential for those wanting to explore this further.

Table of Contents

1. Relationships and Classroom Communities

2. Research, Theory, and Pedagogy

3. Course Components

4. Changing Worlds of the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach5. Fostering Collaborative Learning Communities

6. Expanding Connections

7. Celebrating Our Literacy Learning



About the Author

Dr. Jolene Malavasic is a faculty member in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Language Experience Approach