The Age of Identity

The Age of Identity
Title: The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are . . . and How Do We Help Them Belong?

Authors: Dennis Shirley, Andy Hargreaves

There's more to all of us than what meets the eye

A perfect storm is upon us and educators are in the middle of it. Identity issues often incite and divide us, but they are actually our way out of the storm. No one should be oppressed or have to hide who they are, and young people need to be prepared for a future where they can learn to live together and help others belong.

In their beautifully written book, Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves brilliantly show how we can and must engage with young people's identities in their fullness and complexity. Rooted in classical and contemporary theories of identity, extensive research, and in sheer common sense, their book takes us from bitterness to belonging and includes:

* Examples of how schools seek to address identity and belonging
* Strategies to deal with the raging identity controversies in our schools and societies
* Charts and graphics for reproduction to help build inclusive professional communities
* Constant invitations to readers to apply ideas to their own work

It's time to transcend simplistic approaches to identity

Like nesting dolls, many layers live inside each child. The mistake we may make as educators is assuming the most visible layer is the one that matters most to them or that how they feel about their identity remains static. Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves assert that we should be suspicious of this instinct, and use this work to explore the many facets of identity so educators can bring more nuance to their classroom decisions and interactions.

Drawing on studies from around the world, this book guides educators to help students foster a positive sense of self and belonging, and includes

* Examples of schools in the midst of addressing identity and belonging
* Recommended strategies for addressing controversial topics with regard to identity and belonging that are now raging in our schools and societies
* Charts and graphics for reproduction to build professional learning communities
* Reflection questions to help readers apply ideas to their own setting

A compelling call to action for educators and families alike, this book will help you take a proactive approach to building a learning environment that values the diverse identities of all students.

ISBN: 9781071913130
Number of Pages: 200
Published on: 27 November 2023
Corwin BT
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