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Make Me!

Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School

Eric Toshalis (author)

ISBN: 9781612507613

Publication Date: Mar 2015

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores student resistance through a variety of perspectives, arguing that oppositional behaviours can be not only instructive but productive. The focus of teachers' efforts, Eric Toshalis says, should not be about "managing" adolescents but about learning how to read their behaviour and respond to it in developmentally productive, culturally responsive, and democratically enriching ways.
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In this groundbreaking book, Eric Toshalis explores student resistance through a variety of perspectives, arguing that oppositional behaviors can be not only instructive butproductive. All too often treated as a matter of compliance, student resistance can also be understood as a form of engagement, as young people confront and negotiate newidentities in the classroom environment. The focus of teachers' efforts, Toshalis says, should not be about "managing" adolescents but about learning how to read their behavior and respond to it in developmentally productive, culturally responsive, and democratically enriching ways.

Noting that the research literature is scattered across fields, Toshalis draws on four domains of inquiry: theoretical, psychological, political, and pedagogical. The result is a resource that can help teachers address this pervasive classroom challenge in ways that enhance student agency, motivation, engagement, and academic achievement.

The coauthor of Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2006), Toshalis blends accessible explanations of theory and research with vignettes of interactions among educators and students. In Make Me!, Toshalis helps teachers perceive possibility, rather than pathology, in student resistance.
Pages 368
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2015
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Series Youth Development and Education Series
Subject/s Education   Teaching skills & techniques  
Eric Toshalis is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College, USA.

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