A conversation with James Paul Gee

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Dr. James Paul Gee talks to us about the economic signaling of schools, our social geographies, affinity spaces, and failure as opportunity. Jim is known for his work in New Literacies, applied linguistics, and sociocultural learning. Dr. Gee has authored or co authored over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He has authored, co authored, or edited over 20 books. Most recently, he wrote What is a human?: Language, mind, and culture. Dr. Gee is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Gee was the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. He is now Emeritus Faculty at Arizona State University and spends much of his time on his small farm in Northern Arizona.


Education research has a problem. The work of brilliant education researchers often doesn’t reach the practice of brilliant teachers. Classroom Caffeine is here to help. Each week, I invite a top education researcher to sit down and talk with teachers about what they have learned from years of study.

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