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ERIC Number: EJ982917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Approaches to Developing Content Area Literacies: A Synthesis and a Critique
Fang, Zhihui
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v56 n2 p103-108 Oct 2012
Adolescent literacy has emerged as a "very hot" topic in literacy education over the past few years (Cassidy, Valadez, Garrett, & Barrera, 2010). Its ascendency to the national spotlight reflects the growing recognition among policymakers, researchers, and educators that continuing emphasis on literacy and literacy instruction beyond the elementary grades is key to ensuring that students are college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school (Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy, 2010). A major concern in the United States is that more than 70% of students in grades 4-12 lack the skills to read and write proficiently in academic content areas (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011; Salahu-Din, Persky, & Miller, 2008). An array of national reports and other professional resources has offered many pedagogical recommendations for addressing this concern. These recommendations reflect four distinct approaches--cognitive, sociocultural, linguistic, and critical--each with its own epistemological assumptions, set of practices, and evidence base. Existing literacy programs for adolescents typically combine these approaches in various ways, with some adopting a more cognitive or linguistic orientation and others placing a greater emphasis on the sociocultural or critical dimension. This article provides a brief synthesis and critique of these four approaches, suggesting that efforts to develop adolescents' content area literacies must recognize the strengths and limitations of each approach, as well as their complementarities. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States