Critical literacy and social justice

Comber, Barbara (2015) Critical literacy and social justice. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 58(5), pp. 362-367.

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Given the global escalation of gaps between rich and poor, contemporary work in critical literacy needs to overtly question the politics of poverty. How and where is poverty produced, by what means, by whom and for whom and how are educational systems stratified to provide different kinds of education to the rich and the poor? Yet rather than critical literacy, international educational reform movements stress performative standards on basic literacy. In this context literacy researchers need to ask policy-makers hard questions about taken-for-granted rhetoric that surrounds poverty, literacy and education. At school, regional and state levels, educational leaders need to argue for fair resourcing and decision-making for their communities and students. In classrooms teachers need to weave critical questioning and inclusive learning interactions into the fabric of everyday life.

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ID Code: 74883
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Poverty, Critical literacy, Social justice, Educational systems, Diverse communities
DOI: 10.1002/jaal.370
ISSN: 1081-3004
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Education Systems not elsewhere classified (130199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 International Reading Association
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2014 01:18
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 15:24

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