GARN BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK SERIES: Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum: On Literacy, Diversity, and the Interplay of Children’s and Teachers’ Worlds

By Anne Haas Dyson (Author) & Bobbie Kabuto (Editor)

“This is an essential, very engaging book for both teachers and researchers who are interested in writing instruction, learning, and development. It also would be a great resource for graduate students interested in learning about the research of Ann Haas Dyson.”

Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum

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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-43-8
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Imprint: People & Society
Genre: Non-Fiction
Anne Haas Dyson (author) & Bobbie Kabuto (editor)

About The Book

Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum: On Literacy, Diversity, and the Interplay of Children’s and Teacher’s Worldsis part of the Garn Press Women Scholars Series.  Originally printed in 1993 in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Concept Paper Series, Negotiating a Permeable Curriculumrevisits Dyson’s powerful concept of a permeable curriculum, a socially constructed learning space created by teachers and children.

Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum is a timeless piece as it is relevant to current moves in education with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  In 2010, the CCSS were released as a set of standards devised to create national benchmarks of student knowledge and skills in literacy and math.  While not specifically mentioning curriculum, the CCSS explicitly outlines what should be taught from kindergarten to grade 12 and, therefore, it has had a major impact on establishing a national curriculum and assessment system led by private, corporate companies.

Challenging the standardization of learning, Dyson asks readers to push back the “curricular curtain” to wonder about the complex social and intellectual work in which children engage when they become writers.  The emphasis on becoming focuses on how learning to write is always a dynamic state, as children learn about themselves while they learn about written language.   In Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum,Dyson provides concrete examples of the social and cultural challenges learning to become writers entails.  Dyson highlights how teachers can enact a permeable curriculum so that the worlds of teachers and children come together in instructionally powerful ways.

Book Excerpt: Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum – “An Interview with Anne Haas Dyson”



About Anne Haas Dyson

Anne Haas Dyson, Ph.D., is Faculty Excellence Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher at the El Paso Catholic Diocese in El Paso, Texas in 1972.  Dyson received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas in 1981.

In 1984, she published her first book with her good friend and colleague Celia Genishi titled Language Assessment in the Early Years.  Since this first publication, Dyson has published 12 books.  Her most recent book will be an edited volume titled Child Cultures, Schooling, and Literacy: Global Perspectives on Composing Unique Lives, which will be published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group in 2015. Dyson’s latest book will feature her collaborative global research project on children learning to write.

In addition, Dyson has written over 100 journal articles and book chapters all regarding children’s writing.  In 2015, Dyson, along with Celia Genishi, will receive the prestigious Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from NCTE.  This award recognizes the distinguished careers of Dyson and Genishi and their major contributions to the field of English Language Arts.

About Bobbie Kabuto

Bobbie Kabuto, PH.D., is Associate Professor of Literacy Education in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at Queens College, City University of New York. She teaches and advises in the B-6 Literacy Program that leads to New York State certification as a B-6 Reading Teacher.

Her research interests include the relationships among early bi/literacy, socially constructed identities, and language ideologies. She currently works with families of struggling beginning readers and writers.

Her work has been highlighted in journals such as The Reading TeacherThe Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, andEarly Childhood Research and Practice. Her book Becoming Biliterate: Identity, Ideology, and Learning to Read and Write in Two Languages was published by Taylor and Francis in July 2010.

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