Designing Socially Just Learning Communities: Critical Literacy Education across the Lifespan

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-06
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Designing Socially Just Learning Communities models an innovative form of professional development for educators and researchers who are seeking ways to transform educational practices. The teachers' practices and actions - in their classrooms and as members of the teacher research group - will speak loudly to policy-makers, researchers, and activists who wish to work alongside them.

Author Biography

Rebecca Rogers is Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research focuses on language, identity, and power in and out of school contexts. Melissa Mosley is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on critical literacy learning across the lifespan, particularly how teachers and students together use literacy practices toward social action in and out of the classroom. Mary Ann Kramer is Coordinator for Adult Education and Literacy in the St. Louis Public Schools.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Beginningsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
A Framework for Critical Literacy Education Across the Lifespan: A Case Study of the Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Groupp. 22
An Entry Point: Developing Critical Stancesp. 41
Talking about War in a Second Grade Classroomp. 43
Writing our Way to Cultural Understandingsp. 55
Learning to Listen: Creating Socially Just Curricula for Middle and High School Classroomsp. 65
"No Disrespect": Literature Discussion as Social Action in the Adult Education Classroomp. 76
Response Chapter-Developing Critical Stances and Multiple Perspectivesp. 88
An Entry Point: Critical Inquiry and Analysisp. 99
Shared Leadership, Adolescent Literacies, and Social Justice Education in the "Third Space"p. 101
Designing a Critical Literacy Lab in an Adult Education Centerp. 113
The Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity: A Catalyst for Social Justice and Racial Literacyp. 125
Response Chapter - Critical Inquiry and Analysis: Making Space for Critical Literacyp. 137
An Entry Point: Building Communityp. 145
New Teachers Developing as Educators/Activistsp. 147
Working Within and Against Heterosexist and Homophobic Schools: Social Justice and High School Journalismp. 159
Following the Circles: Organizing for Justice through Literacy Educationp. 171
Response Chapter - Building Relationships of Struggle and Solidarityp. 181
What Is and What Might Bep. 191
Designing Socially Just Learning Communities Across the Lifespan: What Is and What Might Bep. 193
Declaration Statementp. 206
Frameworks of the Critical Literacy Lab: Engaged Instruction, St. Louis Public Schools Adult Education and Literacyp. 208
Notes on Contributorsp. 210
Films and Children's Booksp. 212
Referencesp. 214
Indexp. 226
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