“How do I know what I think ‘till I hear what I say?”: The Role of Collaborative Discourse in Critical (Media) Literacy Development

By Jeanine Staples.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The role of talk is often underestimated in literacy learning among older students. This article draws from empirical research from a rigorous, 15-month qualitative inquiry into the literacy practices of “disengaged” African American urban adolescents in a media-centered after school program. The ways students’ collaborative discourse practices emboldened the development of a gendered epistemological framework for comprehension and reasoning representations of Black femininity and masculinity in a popular culture narrative are highlighted, interpreted and discussed. This article supports research informed instructional practices for literacy teaching/learning litscapes in and out-of-schools.

Keywords: Media, Literacy, Adolescents

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 11, pp.107-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.752KB).

Dr. Jeanine Staples

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University, College Park Maryland, USA

Jeanine M. Staples is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at The Pennsylvania State University. She has extensive experience working in urban areas with adolescents and adults of all ages, in addition to the pre- and in-service teachers who serve them.


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