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ERIC Number: EJ1149244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Leveraging Critical Literacies for Social Change: Questioning the Culture of Compliance at an "F" School
Crawford-Garrett, Katherine; Perez, Michelle; Short, Amanda Y.
Teaching Education, v28 n3 p227-243 2017
This article traces the experiences of two veteran elementary school teachers in the urban Southwest, who are positioned by district and state policy "texts" as insubordinate and failing, and who employ critical literacy practices to reconstruct and redesign these texts as they seek to create more equitable and humane conditions in schools. Stemming from a larger phenomenological study, this article explores how teachers in a "failing" elementary school in the Southwestern US understand and negotiate district, state, and federal policies and examines how these policies shape and inform their identities as professionals. This research has important implications concerning the potential of critical literacy as a mode of resistance, the promise inherent in school/university partnerships for promoting change, and the ways in which the practice of deconstructing/reconstructing dehumanizing texts can foster a re-professionalization of teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
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