JoBeth Allen Co-Edits Book

Posted August 2013

JoBeth Allen, professor of language and literacy within the College of Education at the University of Georgia and faculty member in writing at Bread Loaf in 1997 and 2001, has co-edited with Lois Alexander A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers: Lessons and Resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child (Teachers College Press, 2013).

Based on a three-year study in rural and urban high-poverty schools, the book shows how a group of teachers developed a critical content framework using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Portraits of K–12 classrooms illustrate how teachers used this human rights framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues in their lives and communities such as the rights of students and families to their own culture and language, rights of immigrants, religious tolerance, racial equality, countering the effects of poverty, and respect for people with disabilities.