In April, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) releases the 2013 volume of Review of Research in Education (RRE), co-edited by UC Davis School of Education professors Christian Faltis and Jamal Abedi. The volume, entitled “Extraordinary Pedagogies for Working Within School Settings Serving Nondominant Students,” includes ten informative chapters covering a broad array of sociocultural issues.
“Extraordinary pedagogies are not about ‘best practices’ or what might be the most effective method for teaching to the students’ learning needs,” explain Abedi and Faltis in the introduction. “In this volume, extraordinary pedagogies encompass larger sociocultural issues, bringing attention to how poverty, race, social class, and language interact with local practices in teaching and learning, and in the everyday lives of families, educators, children, and youth.”
School of Education associate professor Gloria Rodriguez wrote a chapter “Power and Agency in Education: Exploring the Pedagogical Dimensions of Funds of Knowledge” which begins by acknowledging “the racial/ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences that continue to exist between student populations and teachers in many educational settings. [These] produce an imperative to create teaching-and-learning environments that are characterized by mutual understanding among students and educators.”
A session at the 2013 AERA Annual Meeting (on Sunday, April 28) will examine the new volume and will feature comments by the editors.