Harvard Educational Review
  1. Fieldwork

    An Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Reader, Volume 1

    Edited by Emily Cousins and Melissa Rodgers

    Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1995. 168 pp. $14.50 (paper)

    Many people know Outward Bound for the organization's wide variety of outdoor programs that challenge the mind, body, and spirit through activities that include white-water rafting, rock climbing, and survival courses. The principles of Outward Bound have also recently inspired a major school reform effort: the Outward Bound/Expeditionary Learning proposal for a "break-the-mold" school design was among the nine (out of 700) entries selected by the New American Schools Development Corporation (NASDC) in 1992. Based on the idea that students learn best when actively engaged in hands-on, creative, thematic, extended, and interdisciplinary projects designed or adapted by their own classroom teachers, Expeditionary Learning has now been implemented in twenty-five schools in seven districts around the country.

    Fieldwork: An Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Reader is an excellent reference for those with a specific interest in learning more about Expeditionary Learning or a general interest in thematic curriculum created by teachers, innovative uses of space and time in education, or first-hand accounts of school reform in practice. Fieldwork includes the winning thirty-page proposal submitted by Outward Bound/Expeditionary Learning to NASDC; interviews with educators involved with Expeditionary Learning; first-person narratives written by teachers and administrators at Expeditionary Learning schools about the day-to-day experience of implementing a new set of educational ideas; articles that place Outward Bound and Expeditionary Learning in a historical context; dozens of photographs of students and teachers, and many examples of student work. A deep respect for teachers is evident throughout this book, and Fieldwork is recommended to anyone wishing to learn more about this imaginative and important school reform initiative.

    E.J.M.
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    Abstracts

    (Li)Ability Grouping
    The New Susceptibility of School Tracking Systems to Legal Challenges
    By Kevin G. Welner and Jeannie Oakes
    Cultural Constellations and Childhood Identities
    On Greek Gods, Cartoon Heroes, and the Social Lives of Schoolchildren
    By Anne Haas Dyson
    Teacher-Researcher Collaboration from Two Perspectives
    By Polly Ulichny and Wendy Schoener
    Troubling Clarity: The Politics of Accessible Language
    By Patti Lather
    "How Come There Are No Brothers on That List?"
    Hearing the Hard Questions All Children Ask
    Kathe Jervis
    Multiple Discourses, Multiple Identities
    Investment and Agency in Second-Language Learning among Chinese Adolescent Immigrant Students
    By Sandra Lee McKay and Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong
    Dominance Concealed through Diversity
    Implications of Inadequate Perspectives on Cultural Pluralism
    By Dwight Boyd

    Book Notes

    An Independent Scholar in Twentieth Century America
    By Vaughn Davis Bornet

    The Deluxe Transitive Vampire
    By Karen Elizabeth Gordon

    Inside the Writing Portfolio
    By Carol Brennan Jenkins

    Fieldwork
    Edited by Emily Cousins and Melissa Rodgers

    The Chicano/Hispanic Image in American Film
    by Frank Javier Garcia Berumen

    Contending with Modernity
    By Philip Gleason

    Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis
    By Eben A. Weitzman and Matthew B. Miles

    The Male Survivor
    By Matthew Parynik Mendel

    In Over Our Heads
    By Robert Kegan

    Technology Education in the Classroom
    By Senta A. Raizen, Peter Sellwood, Ronald D. Todd, and Margaret Vickers

    Spelling
    By Louisa Cook Moats

    A Sense of Self
    By Susannah Sheffer