ERIC Number: EJ1034945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
"They'll Grow up and Be Adults Wanting to Take Care of Our Environment": The Story of Jan and Critical Literacy
Gove, Mary K.; Still, Kristine L.
Reading Improvement, v51 n2 p254-268 Sum 2014
Two university professors and 11 urban school faculty collaborated on a professional development (PD) effort focused on critical literacy to explore literacy practices aimed to reshape definitions of literacy that involved questioning power relationships concerning the environment and social justice. We examined the journey of a veteran teacher, Jan. We found that 1) small, carefully planned PD, considering the specific context of the school, "did" influence her practices toward leading critical conversations concerning the environment and social justice, and 2) that she juxtaposed teaching practices and concepts of critical literacy with school and district initiatives having different theoretical frames.
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Teacher Collaboration, College Faculty, Urban Schools, Teachers, Faculty Development, Critical Literacy, Teaching Methods, Power Structure, Social Justice, Environmental Influences, Elementary Schools, English (Second Language), Reading Instruction, Conservation (Environment), Social Responsibility, Reading Material Selection, Reading Aloud to Others, Childrens Literature, Reflection, Action Research, Focus Groups, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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