ERIC Number: ED333335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Critical Theory and Teaching Literacy.
King, James R.
A broad base for understanding what critical literacy is can be created by understanding three views of critical theory: critical social theory, feminist theory, and child advocacy. When each is brought to bear on the schooling rituals associated with literacy instruction, interesting commonalities among the three views emerge. Critical approaches to literacy deal with a disenfranchised group, and the resulting agenda for critical literacy is one of empowerment. Students' access to the commodities, customarily controlled by teachers, is also an issue that is central to a critical approach to learners' engagement in real literacy acts. Together, these three lenses (radical criticism, feminism, and child advocacy) suggest alternative views of reading and writing as social constructs. (Seventy-six references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (40th, Miami, FL, November 27-December 1, 1990).