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ERIC Number: EJ920700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Enacting Rhetoric in the Civic Domain
Humphrey, Sally
English in Australia, v45 n3 p9-20 Dec 2010
Over the past twenty years much work has been done by teachers of secondary English to describe and make explicit the semiotic resources used to access and critique the discourses of powerful institutions such as schooling. At the same time, however, there has been a growing recognition that the rhetorical resources needed for adolescents to engage with and transform their broader worlds may transcend the privileged practices of school curriculum areas. In this paper, I present a model of text and context relationships, which allows for a systematic exploration and description of adolescent transformative literacies in what I have termed the civic domain of adolescent lives. I illustrate how this model can be used to make visible the rhetorical resources deployed by a group of adolescents engaged in lobbying for a change to government policies towards children in Australian Immigration Detention Centres. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia