June 27, 2014 - It's not often the opportunity to sit down with a pioneer in a chosen field arises, so when the occasion to do so presents itself, it's not a surprise that a room can quickly fill up.
That's exactly what happened last month, when Courtney Cazden, the Charles William Elliot Emeritus Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, paid a visit to the Werklund School of Education. Academic and support staff were joined by teachers, school board representatives and community members, when Cazden and Allan Luke, Adjunct Professor in the Werklund School dropped by for a conversation about the past, present, and future of education.
For more than 50 years, Cazden's work has set the grounds for the qualitative analysis of classroom interaction and talk; her continuing work on language and literacy learning in classrooms is used internationally and focuses on equity and social justice for students of cultural and linguistic minorities, and socially and economically marginalized communities. Best known for her 1988 work, 'Classroom Discourse: The Language of Teaching and Learning' is considered a classic work in the analysis of teacher/student interaction and learning in the classroom. The work brings together many strands from Professor Cazden's distinguished career as an educational researcher and scholar.