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ERIC Number: EJ1169658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1947-5578
Artifactual Critical Literacy: A New Perspective for Literacy Education
Pahl, Kate H.; Rowsell, Jennifer
Berkeley Review of Education, v2 n2 p129-151 Oct 2011
In this article, we propose a framework for literacy education, called artifactual critical literacy, which unites a material cultural studies approach together with critical literacy education. Critical literacy is a field that addresses imbalances of power and, in particular, pays attention to the voices of those who are less frequently heard. When critical literacy education is joined with a material cultural studies approach, which holds that cultural "stuff" (Miller, 2010) matters as a form of expression and also as embedded cultural practice, literacy practices such as hip hop and vernacular literacies are then given more attention alongside canonical texts. Stories connected to objects and home experience can provide a platform and starting point for text-making. Text-making can also be set within a framework that is multimodal and allows for a much wider concept of meaning making. In this article we combine practical examples with a new theoretical framework that brings these traditions together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States
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