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Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching, Learning, and Schooling in Social Context Revised ed. Edition

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"...perhaps the most important publication on teaching and teacher education to come out in the past five years...it forces the field to conceive of teaching in a new way." --Richard Shavelson, Past President of the American Education Research Association

"Lawrence Kohlberg wrote that American education has failed to take developmental psychology seriously. Tharp and Gallimore have taken it seriously and have demonstrated in this book not only that teaching must take account of the developmental status of the pupil but also that proper teaching, particularly the teaching of literacy, is necessary for the stimulation of the cognitive development of the pupil." Choice

"...perhaps the most important publication on teaching and teacher education to come out in the past five years...it forces the field to conceive of teaching in a new way." Richard Shavelson, Past President of the American Education Research Association

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Addressing widespread discontent with contemporary schooling, Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore develop a unified theory of education and offer a prescription: the reconstitution of schools as 'educating societies.'
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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (March 29, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052140603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521406031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two California professors who advocate changing the educational environment to improve learning have won the 1993 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education.
Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore describe in their 1988 book, "Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in Social Context," a comprehensive approach to retooling education.
The Grawemeyer Award in Education of $150,000 is awarded annually for ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and attainment.
Tharp and Gallimore suggest three keys to educational development -- activity, context and time. All human activity takes place in specific contexts; to change human activities, teachers must look first and foremost at the contexts that drive the activities; changing contexts -- and therefore human activities -- requires sustained and persistent work over time. They then give examples to back up their theories. For instance, the book focuses in part on the Kamehameha Early Education Project, a 15-year program in which an interdisciplinary team of teachers and researchers developed a literacy program for native Hawaiian children.
The successful project led to similar efforts with groups such as Latino Americans in Los Angeles and Native Americans in Arizona. It also inspired a second generation of research in the area.
Tharp and Gallimore actually were co-principal investigators for the project, which began in 1969. Gallimore participated in the program until 1979; Tharp until 1986.
Currently, Tharp is professor of education and psychology, and Director of the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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I'm using this for my dissertation. It is an invaluable resource for me. Tharp and Gallimore have such an incredible theoretical framework.
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