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Researching Literate Lives The Selected Works of Jerome C. Harste

By Jerome C. Harste Copyright 2021
    280 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces – extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands and see how their work contributes to the development of the field.

    This volume brings together articles, essays, poetry, and artwork from Jerome C. Harste’s extensive career across the field of literacy studies. This book addresses his contributions to early literacy, reading comprehension, ways of knowing, inquiry-based education, and creating critical classrooms – among other topics – in his characteristically whimsical tone. Following the chronology of his career, each section of the book reflects an important theme of Harste’s work and documents the impact of his contributions on the field.

    Combining his key articles with historical notes, fun facts, and professional tips, Harste tells stories about encounters with colleagues, and covers everything from seminars he developed and taught, the importance of collaboration, how his thinking and teaching have grown and evolved, ways his scholarship was enhanced through participation in professional organizations, as well as pithy words of advice for fellow scholars. The articles in this collection trace the development of a thought collective which Harste helped create and which continues to shape research and practice in the field of literacy education.

    Preface 1. Introducation 2. Theoretical Orientation 3. Reading Comprehension 4. Early Literacy 5. Process Reading and Writing 6. Education as Inquiry 7. Creating Critical Classrooms 8. Multiple Ways of Knowing 9. Keeping the Conversation Going 19. Final Thoughts


    Jerome C. Harste is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Language, Literacy, and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. He is both a literacy scholar and artist, and has received numerous awards for his literacy work, including the David H. Russell Research Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1997 he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was recognized as an Outstanding Language Arts Educator by the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2013 he received the Oscar Causey Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to the profession. He has served on the board of several prominent literacy associations, and is former President of ILA, NCRLL, and NCTE.

    "Through chapters packed with images, poems, and stories, this book pushes boundaries between text, image, voice, and story. Harste invites readers to revisit recent histories of literacy scholarship through his own professional journey. The inclusion of language stories, historical notes, fun facts, and professional tips makes this an essential book for novice and experienced literacy scholars."

    —Catherine Compton-Lilly, University of South Carolina, USA

    "Harste’s work in the field of literacy education is that of a life-long learner who embodies multimodality as a writer, a poet, and accomplished artist. Unafraid to speak truth to power, he demonstrates his commitment to social justice in everything he has ever done as a teacher and researcher. His unwavering belief in children and teachers makes him a giant in the field."

    —Hilary Janks, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

    "In this gem of a book, I am struck by Harste’s leadership. He performs as a dynamic combination of Don Quixote and Big Bill Heywood…. ‘Don’ Harste has the vision to see what’s not yet, but could be; and ‘Big Bill’ Harste has the guts to act in order to align what is with what ought."

    —Patrick Shannon, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

    "In this book by one of the leading literacy educators in America, Harste demonstrates the value of multimodal meaning-making and how adoption of these practices has transformed the world of literacy teaching and learning."

    —Richard Beach, University of Minnesota, USA

    "Jerome Harste is one of the most important educational thinkers of our times. He has inspired generations upon generations of scholars and teachers. At once pugnacious and empathetic, Harste has never shied away from taking on the reigning orthodoxies in literacy research and policy, especially when they shade into a scientism that dehumanizes students. Beneath his refreshingly lucid prose lies a profound egalitarian spirit and a prescient and complex understanding of children’s capacities to imagine more just worlds. We will be returning to his ideas for years to come. Hopefully all schools will learn from him to truly honor children as playfully critical and creative intellectuals."

    —Gerald Campano, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    "[This book] provides a fascinating examination of literacy, literacy learning, teaching and teacher education….It provides a window into the evolution of a remarkable literacy teacher-researcher, his research process, and the thought collective he orchestrated, including researchers from semiotics, psycholinguistics, psychology, anthropology, and linguistics….The book will be especially valuable for graduate students who are entering the field of research because it shows the development of a research trajectory and the conscious evolution of a researcher."

    —From the Foreword by Peter H. Johnston, The University of Albany, USA