Making use of theories about literacy and justice: teachers re-searching practice

Comber, Barbara (2005) Making use of theories about literacy and justice: teachers re-searching practice. Educational Action Research, 13(1), pp. 43-56.

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This article considers teachers’ work as they grapple with theories in practice in the everyday worlds of their classroom. It argues that Bourdieu’s theory of practice and the concept of habitus may be useful in moving past theory/practice dichotomies. After establishing the historical context for teacher research in South Australia, the work of two school-based literacy educators with an overt social justice standpoint is explored. The complexity of teachers’ intellectual work and identity formation over time is outlined and implications for teacher education are discussed.

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ID Code: 44895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: literacy, social justice, practitioner research, habitus, theory, classroom practice, professional identity, teacher-researcher
DOI: 10.1080/09650790500200276
ISSN: 0965-0792
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2011 22:15
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:22

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