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ERIC Number: EJ862166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Activating Activist Literacy: Discovering Dispositions for Civic Identity Development
Crisco, Virginia
Composition Studies, v37 n2 p31-51 Fall 2009
As a service-learning teacher, the author advocates for both teachers' understanding of how activist literacy helps students to change as well as students' understanding of how it helps them to make change. Educators need to be aware of students' initial fears and be reminded of the risks they take to engage in these projects. In this article, the author analyzes how students use activist literacy to reveal the intricate connections between literacy, civic participation, and identity development, a relationship that service-learning pedagogy is only beginning to explore. Additionally, drawing on work by David Coogan, the author advocates for a materialist pedagogical approach that promotes historicizing, genre analysis, and activist literacy modeling that can teach the practices and dispositions of activist literacy in service-learning contexts. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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