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ERIC Number: EJ977004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Activist Literacies: An Analysis of the Literacy Practices of a School-Based Human Rights Club
Collin, Ross
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v23 n3 p250-261 Sep 2012
In this article, I examine the literacy practices of a high school-based human rights club. I investigate how the group engages in certain kinds of textual production to sponsor and arrange advisory sessions (school-wide meetings between teachers and small groups of students). More specifically, I consider how the club adapts school genres to mediate advisory sessions and to advance its visions of human rights and international relations. I describe how students collaborate both to develop a strategy for negotiating the school bureaucracy and to produce texts that will elicit institutional action. Also, I present a discourse analysis of one student-authored text crucial to the mediation of advisory meetings. I argue that students' knowledge of situations (e.g. advisory sessions) shapes how they adapt institutional genres and advance their visions of the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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