Patsy Cooper, an assistant professor in the Steinhardt School’s Department of Teaching and Learning, is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2010 Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award for her book, The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley (University of Chicago Press. 2009). The AERA Exemplary Research Award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to teaching and teacher education scholarship.
The Classrooms All Young Children Need is an interpretive analysis of master teacher Vivian Paley’s ethnographic books on classroom practices. “Implicit in Paley’s work and beautifully explicit in Cooper’s analysis is the construct of the actively engaged teacher as the expert and moral authority in the classroom,” writes Carollee Howes in the February 2010 Teachers College Record.