Youth Learning On Their Own Terms convincingly shows how developing a respect and understanding of the youth-initiated creative practices that occur outside schools can offer educators the opportunity to directly influence their teaching in schools by making classroom spaces personally meaningful and rigorous for both students and teachers.
"The current culture of distrust that permeates public schooling has created learning environments that are neither personal nor meaningful. In response, Leif Gustavson suggests a humanistic plan of action based upon compassion and choice."
--Teacher's College Record, February 14, 2008
1. Multiple Writing (Con)texts: Learning from the Writing Life of a Zine Maker 2. The Shifting Creative Practices of a Puerto Rican-American Youth 3. Scratching, Cutting, and Juggling: Turntablist as 21st Century Scholar 4. Teaching and Learning: A Shared Practice
Set against the massive social, cultural, and material dislocations of the new century, Critical Youth Studies interrogates the complex cultural dimensions of young people’s everyday lives today. Drawing together the work of both well known and emerging scholars, this series focuses on "youth studies" as a self-constituting, trans-disciplinary area of inquiry. Operating largely at the specific intersection of education, sociology, and media studies, Critical Youth Studies features authored and edited books, drawing on a range of methods and approaches, treating the span of issues most relevant to youth today.