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ERIC Number: EJ1064074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Guji Guji Goes to College: Promoting Critical Literacy in Taiwan
Kuo, Jun-­min
TESL-EJ, v19 n1 May 2015
This study explores an activity designed to promote critical literacy in Taiwan. This activity had 23 college students perform different exercises all stressing the theme of self-identity as presented in a picture book and other learning sources. Data included classroom observations, reflection entries from the researcher­-instructor, classroom worksheets and artifacts, students' reflection papers, and follow-­up interviews. Luke and Freebody's (1999) four resources model of reading is used to frame the first research question about the implementation of the activity. Grounded theory serves as the analytical method for the second research question, that is, how students reacted critically to this activity. The study found that students assumed various learning roles (e.g., code breakers, text users, text participants, and text critics) during the activity. In addition, students started taking a definite stance toward their lives; four critical stances were identified. Finally, four pedagogical implications are outlined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan