Date of this Version
Great Plains Quarterly 33:3 (Summer 2013)
At once a history, a handbook, and a how-to, Through the Schoolhouse Door gathers together examples for folklorists, students, and educators of best practices—along with accompanying cautionary tales—on the impact that folklore, folklife, and folk arts have in the realm of education.
The book’s nine chapters offer accounts by folklorists and educators working throughout the United States, from New York to Florida and from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. In great detail, they describe the steps, roadblocks, successes, and frustrations that eventually coalesce into programs in which whole learning communities come to understand more about their neighbors, their cultural identities, and their places in the span of folk traditions.