ERIC Number: EJ886586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 13
Comments on "Reviewing Adolescent Literacy Reports: Key Components and Critical Questions"
Moje, Elizabeth Birr
Journal of Literacy Research, v42 n2 p109-114 2010
The author begins her comments on "Reviewing Adolescent Literacy Reports: Key Components and Critical Questions" by commending the authors for taking on this rather massive project. The project required not only locating and reading the many lengthy reports that exist on adolescent literacy but also sifting through the numerous claims, ideas, and suggestions in each report to offer an analysis of dominant themes. Faggella-Luby, Ware, and Capozzoli discerned a two-pronged focus on: (1) improving teaching and assessment practices; and (2) changing infrastructures of secondary schooling to support those practices. The author concurs with their analysis. The reports she has read and the panels on which she has served tend to acknowledge the critical need to change not only practice inside the classroom but also the structures that support and constrain excellent teaching and assessment practice. That is a good thing; it is wise of policy makers, researchers, administrators, and teachers to think in terms of both practice and structure. The author suggests, however, that two additional dimensions must be considered if educators are to make change in secondary school literacy teaching and adolescent literacy learning: (1) history; and (2) the role of social and cultural norms and practices in changing practice and structure.
Descriptors: Literacy, Research Projects, Reader Response, Educational Practices, Instructional Improvement, Student Evaluation, Educational Facilities Improvement, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
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