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Secondary Education in a Changing World

Teaching Harry Potter

The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms

Authors: Belcher, C., Stephenson, B.

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Given the current educational climate of high stakes testing, standardized curriculum, and 'approved' reading lists, incorporating unauthorized, popular literature into the classroom becomes a political choice. The authors examine why teachers choose to read Harry Potter , how they use the books, and the resulting teacher-student interactions.

About the authors

Author Catherine L. Belcher: Catherine L. Belcher serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles, USA, and teaches in the Masters in Teaching program of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, USA. Author Becky Herr Stephenson: Becky Herr Stephenson is a researcher focused on teaching and learning with popular culture and technology.

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"Teaching Harry Potter tells a powerful story about the current state of American education, one which contrasts the enthusiasm many young people and educators feel towards J. K. Rowling's remarkable book series and the constraints which No Child Left Behind-era policies have imposed on how reading gets taught in the classroom. Reading this book produced powerful emotional responses - an enormous respect for the teachers described here who are battling to engage with their students in meaningful and timely ways and despair over some of the obstacles they must overcome in doing so." - Henry Jenkins, author of Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture and Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, USA

"Just as the Harry Potter books invite readers to think critically and creatively about life, the authors and the teachers convincingly argue for culturally relevant pedagogy that promotes critical and creative thinking, including the use of popular books, such as the Harry Potter series." - D. L. Norland, Professor of Education, Luther College, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Why Harry?

    Pages 1-14

    Belcher, Catherine L. (et al.)

  • Defending the (Not Really) Dark Arts: Teaching to Break the DADA Curse

    Pages 15-34

    Belcher, Catherine L. (et al.)

  • Harry on the Border between Two Worlds: Reading Harry en EspaƱol in a Mexican American Border Community

    Pages 35-55

    Belcher, Catherine L. (et al.)

  • Harry in the Classroom: Waking Sleeping Dragons

    Pages 57-75

    Belcher, Catherine L. (et al.)

  • Harry Potter and the Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum: Teaching AP English in an Urban Charter High School

    Pages 77-98

    Belcher, Catherine L. (et al.)

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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teaching Harry Potter
Book Subtitle
The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms
Authors
Series Title
Secondary Education in a Changing World
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11991-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230119918
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11028-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-32289-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 201
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