If educational reform is to succeed, it must attend to the perspectives of students-those most directly affected by schooling, but least often consulted about its efficacy. This is the premise of the first book both to feature student perspectives on school and to foreground student voices; middle and high school students are the primary authors of the eight chapters collected in this volume aptly titled In Our Own Words. Reflecting differences of gender, racial, and ethnic background, and school context, the student authors write passionately and eloquently about their experiences of and desires for school.
Jeffrey Shultz is professor of education and coordinator of Multidisciplinary Programs at Arcadia University. He co-edited Journeys Through Ethnography: Realistice Accounts of Fieldwork (with Annette Lareau). Alison Cook-Sather is assistant professor and director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program. She co-designed with Ondrea Reisinger a programmatic approach to including high school students' perspectives in undergraduate, secondary teacher preparation.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Starting Where the Learner Is: Listening to Students Chapter 2 Our World Chapter 3 Speaking Out Loud: 'Every Woman for Herself' Chapter 4 What's Your Bias? Cuts on Diversity in a Suburban Public School Chapter 5 Cutting Class: Perspectives of Urban High School Students Chapter 6 An education for what? Reflections of Two High School Seniors on School Chapter 7 Caught in the Storm of Reform: Five Student Perspectives on the Implementation of the Interactive Mathematics Program Chapter 8 Reflections: Writing and Talking about Race in Middle School Chapter 9 Writing the Wrong: Making Schools Better for Girls Chapter 10 Negotiating Worlds and Words: Writing About Students' Experiences of School