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ERIC Number: EJ1176459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Moving beyond "Agreeable" Texts and "Boring" Tasks: Pairing Young Adult Literature and Critical Literacy in Teacher Education
Shanahan, Eileen M.; Dallacqua, Ashley K.
Action in Teacher Education, v40 n1 p38-57 2018
This article considers the power of approaching young adult literature from a critical literacy perspective in teacher education and how that affects emerging teachers' ability to consider its role in their future teaching. Specifically, the authors explore how critical literacy--the exposure to a variety of texts, ways of approaching texts, and means of processing texts--can elevate preservice teachers' understanding of literature and the world around them, and thus, their ability to teach their future students from a critical literacy perspective. In this qualitative study of the teaching and learning of critical literacy in an Introduction to Adolescent Literature teacher education course, the authors illustrate how the pairing of literary theory and young adult literature can provide preservice teachers the tools for questioning texts and larger societal issues with their future students. The current study has practical implications for the field of teacher education in the way literature courses for preservice teachers are designed and conceptualized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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