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18
Nov
10

mothering as everyday practice

BAMBI CHAPIN, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY

What makes a good mother? Bambi Chapin has co-edited (with Kathleen Barlow) a new special issue of the journal Ethos on “Mothering as Everyday Practice.” The articles explore not just what mothers say about parenting, but what they actually do, and how they understand what defines a good mother. These ideas are far from natural or universal. Instead, they are informed by a diversity of value systems, social structures, traditions, habits and life circumstances.

Chapin undertook the research that inspired this publication while parenting her own child in the field, and she describes how others’ reactions to her mothering shaped her field relationships in unexpected ways. Likewise, her personal reactions to others’ mother-child interactions—feeling surprise or dismay—often prompted her most notable insights.

Bambi Chapin is co-editor of the December 2010 issue of Ethos on “Mothering as Everyday Practice.”

02
Nov
10

language variation in schools

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND CULTURE CHRISTINE MALLINSON

As a sociolinguist, I study how and why Americans talk differently from one another, based on our diverse histories, identities, and cultures. Language variation can have concrete implications when it comes to the classroom, however. In educational settings, the language that students bring with them to school can significantly affect how they perform academically. Some students already speak the standardized variety of English that is viewed as being the most correct. Not surprisingly, these students are often more likely to succeed. But many other students come to school without already knowing standardized English and as a result may face linguistic hurdles.

In our book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, published by Teachers College Press in the Multicultural Education Series, Dr. Anne Charity Hudley of the College of William & Mary and I provide essential linguistic information about the language patterns of culturally and linguistically diverse students. In our ongoing research, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and from UMBC, we are also collaborating with educators in public and independent schools in Maryland and Virginia to explore best practices for integrating knowledge of language, literacy, and culture into classroom pedagogy. Through these partnerships, we are working to apply linguistic and educational theory to the real world, to help all students achieve academic success.


Christine Mallinson is the co-author of the forthcoming book, “Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools”

15
Sep
07

Dwayne Arola, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dwayne Arola
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 410-455-3310
Email: darola@umbc.edu
http://www.umbc.edu/engineering/me/arola.htm
Arola uses engineering testing and design techniques originally meant for aerospace parts to study
biomedical materials. As more Baby Boomers are keeping their teeth into their senior years, Arola
develops new dentistry materials and methods to prevent and repair cracked teeth in elder patients.
He has also designed hip replacement parts that bond better to human bone.

15
Sep
07

Bill Thomas, Professor of The Erickson School at UMBC

Bill Thomas
Professor of The Erickson School at UMBC
Phone: 410-455-1896
Email: wthomas@umbc.edu
http://erickson.umbc.edu/people/details.aspx?id=66
Thomas is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. Calling himself a “nursing home abolitionist,” Thomas is the founder of the Green House, a radically new approach to long term care that is being replicated in all 50 states with support from a $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the 1990s, Thomas founded the Eden Alternative, an innovative approach that brings plants, animals and children into nursing homes to improve the well-being of residents. His book What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World was named 2005 Book of the Year by the American Medical Writers Association.

15
Sep
07

John Schumacher, Assistant Professor of Sociology

John Schumacher
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 410-455-3184
Email: jschuma@umbc.edu
Schumacher is an authority on several aspects of aging, including assisted living facilities and
relationships between physicians and elder patients.

15
Sep
07

Robert Rubinstein, Professor of Sociology

Robert Rubinstein
Professor of Sociology
Phone: 410-455-2059
Email: rrubinst@umbc.edu
Rubinstein has studied the history of aging and depression among the elderly.

15
Sep
07

Leslie Morgan, Professor of Sociology

Leslie Morgan
Professor of Sociology
Phone: 443-543-5642
Email: lmorgan@umbc.edu
Morgan has studied aging and health-care providers in the long-term care industry extensively. She is the recipient of several research grants from the National Institute on Aging.




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