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Using the U.N. Rights of the Child as a Critical Inquiry Framework

Date: April 11, 2013

Summary: In this episode, listeners are introduced to the book, A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers, edited by JoBeth Allen and Lois Alexander. The book is a set of portraits from K-12 classrooms that illustrate how teachers used the U.N. Rights of the Child as a framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues.

 

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JoBeth Allen, co-director of the Red Clay Writing Project and co-editor of A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers, on using the U.N. Rights of the Child to construct a critical inquiry framework:

What we found in the U.N. Rights of the Child, there are so many issues that are addressed there—the right to freedom, the right to play, the right to an education, the right to safety, the right for families to be together and not separated by immigration officials or any other kinds of officials around the world—so many of the things that are critical issues that teachers want to address in their classrooms are in that framework. Plus it lends itself really well to integrated curriculum."

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