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ERIC Number: EJ1097099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
Courageous Conversations: Inviting Valued Texts into the Classroom
Clark, Shanetia P.; Marinak, Barbara A.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v7 n1 p1-12 2011
Zhao (2009) notes that when people are intrinsically motivated, they will become courageous. By inviting texts that students value into literature classrooms, educators can reconcile the sometimes seemingly disparate goals of engagement and accountability. Our work with preservice teachers revealed an intersection between motivation and new literacies that, when realized, created a dialogic space for courageous conversations. Such an intersection occurred when text was broadly defined to include young adult literature, film, new media, digital technology, and images, and when the text is invited rather than imposed. This article describes action research conducted with preservice teachers designed to model autonomy with the hope that they will carry the power of motivational reciprocity forward.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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