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ERIC Number: EJ871723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Redefining Rigor: Critical Engagement, Digital Media, and the New English/Language Arts
Dockter, Jessica; Haug, Delainia; Lewis, Cynthia
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n5 p418-420 Feb 2010
We show how coauthor, Delainia Haug, and her students use Web 2.0 technologies in educational and empowering ways. We offer an account of Delainia's purposes for her curriculum, along with units of study and students' responses to this curriculum. We argue that the curriculum, which focused on media analysis and production, engaged students--many of whom had no access to computers outside school--because it paired digital tools with intellectual challenge, hard work, interactions with community members, and a space for students to represent their identities and demonstrate competence. Initial findings from the study suggest that rigor and engagement in this urban English classroom were inextricably tied to a curriculum that actively involved students in the production of knowledge through complex literacy tasks and invited emotional investment and immersion, rather than analytic distance, in relationship to texts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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