Awakening Students through Critical Literacy: Implications for Teaching and Learning within Contemporary Education

By Rohan Jowallah.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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The Freiran (1993) principles on becoming literate highlight the need for individuals to acquire knowledge of the ‘world’ and the ‘word’ within their context. Freire firmly believed that “we learn things about the world by acting and changing the world around us” (1993, 108). This process, according to Freire, involves transformation of our world by our own involvement. For Freire, literacy is a fundamental tool for the transformative process of changing the world. This transformation process will not be possible without teachers’ and students’ engagement in critical issues. The issue of engaging students is essential to critical literacy and there are huge benefits to be gained by involving students. According to Rosenberg (2010), getting students involved will help in their production of knowledge. Rosenberg (2010) also affirms that “the production of knowledge may lead to the development of abilities and cultivation of principles, which would represent the true democratization of the teaching-learning process.” This research paper focuses on the impact of critical literacy intervention on students’ motivation and attitudes towards critical literacy. In addition, this paper focuses on the use of critical literacy within English lessons using students’ work, teachers’ narratives and questionnaires. The data collected highlights the need for critical literacy within students’ education.

Keywords: Critical Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, Curriculum, Social Justice

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 21, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.17-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 383.133KB)).

Dr. Rohan Jowallah

Faculty, Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA