|Literature and learning|
This page began as the result of several reading/discussion group meetings held during the summer of 1997. Nancy Fritz, Mary Troeger and Betty Simons, principle participants, identified an interest in and need for high quality and 'authentic' reading material to use with adult learners, as well as literature through which teachers can become familiar with important resources and information relevant to the cultures of their students.
In addition to annotations and links to sites relevant to literature, this page includes links to learner-generating writing, readings about diversity and multicultural classrooms and settings, writings about writing, and visual arts projects that work towards inspiring speech and writing as well. Another page, Writing from the Field, includes practitioner and learner writing as well as sites devoted to the development of writing itself. Learner writing also appears on LR/RI's learners page
We hope that these annotated
resources around culture will expand with input from others. Please
suggestions, challenge our choices and add your own to this list, which
we hope will become a dynamic and useful resource to others.
Links to related readings
Arts and Humanities in Adult and Continuing Education - ERIC Trends and Issues Alert by Sandra Kerka, 1997
arts, literature, literacy - Zipper Workshops with Bonnie Soroke - "My workshops are an effort to integrate the process of art into the process of education. My dream is to see an accessible art studio in every classroom from kindergarten to university."
Diem: The Arts and School Restructuring by Maxine Greene, from
Teachers College Record, (summer 1994) in which Greene speaks to the
in which encounters with works of art or aesthetic enactments release
imagination; how being present to engagement with art opens
and "opens us to vision of the possible rather than the predictable.."
Children's Literature for Adult ESL Literacy - ERIC Digest by Betty Ansin Smallwood, 1992
Journal Writing and Adult Learning, ERIC Digest No. 174, by Sandra Kerka, 1996 This digest focuses on several types of journals, exploring their value in assisting adults through their learning journeys and summarizing advice from the literature on effective ways to use journals.
Valuing Diversity in the Multicultural Classroom - ERIC Digest by Elizabeth Quintero, 1994
Links to bibliographical
writings and related sites
Bookfinder.com - This is a book shopping search engine that scans bookseller databases to find new, used, rare, and out of print books.
Peppercorn Books and Press Books for adult literacy learners and practitioners
Powell's Books - over a million used, new and out of print books in stock
This paper addresses a problem [the author's] experience as a mother, an adult educator, and a lifelong learner which is at the centre of [her] research into the relationship between biography and participation in Adult Continuing Education. The problem is related to a conceptual (as well as practical) conflict between notions of progress and emancipation, both at work and in continuing education, and the needs, demands and desires associated with domestic life and relationships. "
Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents - Isobel Schon, Ph.D., Director
cultural production [as] vehicle for thinking about integrating technology and learning - a site exploring possibilities for integrating technology and learning through a focus on cultural production.
domestic violence - online and print resources, including fiction and memoir related to domestic and political trauma
eastside out - young people's photography project Challenging Perceptions , edited with the young people by Annie Bungeroth and Anthony Lam
Note: eastside out is currently not
line. try this, for brief
Free English Teaching Resources - UK-based English language teaching site; includes resources for learners at a wide range of levels
Grassroots, Community Writing - multiple collections, multiple authors and topics
Intergenerational Cultural Traditions - Melissa Wilhoit, Susan Gaer
Language Through Art - An ESL Enrichment Curriculum for adult ESL students
LITERATURE for LITERACY: - Website created to provide practitioners with links to literary organizations in the United States. "The movement of American literature in the millenium is as exciting as the changing language and landscape of the American culture. Contemporary writers are as diverse as the themes they tackle, a reflecting pool of the student body in adult education." site created by Bino A. Realuyo as part of an institute on integrating technology and learning. This site seems to have disappeared, but see Bino A. Realuyo's personal website for far more.
Masks/las mascaras - documentation of a mask project created by students at Roger Williams Middle School with their teacher, Julie Nora and very capable students at the RISD photo department, including Lindsay Kelley.
Merlyn's Pen - Fiction, Essays, and Poems by America's Teens, based in Rhode Island (Merlyn's Pen, Inc. P.O. Box 1058 East Greenwich, RI 02818).
Recommeded Trade Books for Adult Literacy Programs Compiled by Patricia L. Bloem and Nancy D. Padak
Poets against the War - links to on-line resources advocating peace
Quietly Torn- "The sole purpose of our magazine is to be the voice for our community and ourselves. To let the world and other communities around us know of our existence. To let people know about the hardships of growing up Iu Mien in America, changing our individual lives to fit into our environment, finding th middle ground between our two cultures and at the same time, figuring out who we really are. Fifteen Iu Mien young women from Richmond, California contributed to this magazine." [This link has disappeared, but if anyone knows where it's gone, please contact lr/ri.] other info about quietly torn: http://www.3gf.org/grantee_quietlytorn.html
(from A Line in the Sand: "Cultural property includes not only land and other tangible property, but ideas, traditions, and other non-tangibles. Cultural property belongs to the cultural group, rather than to an individual. As an individual has the right to control use of his/her property, the cultural group has the right to control the use of its property. Not all people recognize cultural property. As a result some individuals will use another group's cultural properties without permission; often that use is offensive to the cultural group, because their property is used in a way that distorts or is disrespectful to the group's beliefs."
Teaching Writing for Social Change - papers and responses generated by a roundtable dicsussion at the CCCC conference, April, 1998.
this site has gone away, but have you seen What Kids Can Do?
Times Square Photography Project
also see Prison Voices and its companion text.
Voices from the Gaps - Women Writers of Color
foster writing instruction and practice in adult education and ESL classes ...;
encourage adult basic education students at every level to communicate life experiences through writing;
help adult learners appreciate writing as a useful and creative communication tool;
use writing as the medium to introduce and involve undereducated adults in the arts, particularly theater and literacy arts, and
motivate undereducated adults to set and meet reaming goals.
last updated December 29, 2015