Books · 2 November 2023

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

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

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 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 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 to help build inclusive professional communities
  • Constant invitations to readers to apply ideas to their work

About the Authors

Dennis Shirley, a Gabelli Faculty Fellow and Professor of Formative Education at Boston College, is a distinguished educational researcher and consultant known for his global reach. He has conducted extensive research and led professional development workshops across 30 nations, spanning 6 continents, and his work has been translated into multiple languages. With a doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dennis’s academic journey has been enriched by Visiting Professor roles at prestigious institutions worldwide. His expertise lies in assisting educators worldwide in identifying challenges, devising effective strategies, and fostering meaningful change, all while maintaining deep respect for teachers and administrators. Dennis Shirley is celebrated for his commitment to improving the learning experience for students through engaging research and collaboration, making him a sought-after figure in the educational landscape.

Andy Hargreaves, a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and Research Professor at Boston College holds a prominent place in the realm of educational research and leadership. His extensive contributions to the field include being an elected member of the US National Academy of Education and serving as the former President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement. He has also advised key figures in education, including the Premier of Ontario and the First Minister of Scotland. Andy is the co-founder and president of the ARC Education Collaboratory, a network dedicated to humanitarian goals in education. With numerous books and awards to his name, Andy Hargreaves is a highly respected scholar, recognised for his significant influence on educational policy debates, particularly in the United States. His recent work, co-authored with Dennis Shirley, delves into the complexities of student identity and the ways to help them find their sense of belonging.

Autors on LinkedIn: Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves

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Publisher: Corwin; 1st edition
Published: 30 November 2023

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