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Moving Critical Literacies Forward

A New Look at Praxis Across Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Jessica Pandya, JuliAnna Ávila


208 pages

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Taking the pulse of current efforts to do—and, in some cases, undo—critical literacy, this volume explores and critiques its implementation in learning contexts around the globe. An impressive set of international authors offer examples of productive critical literacy practices in and out of schools, address the tensions and gaps between these practices and educational policies, and attempt to forecast the future for critical literacy as a movement in the changing global educational policy landscape. This collection is unique in presenting the recent work of luminaries such as Allan Luke and Hilary Janks alongside relative newcomers who use innovative approaches and arguments to reinvigorate and redefine critical practice. It is time for this cutting-edge inquiry into the state of critical literacy—not only because is it a complex and ever-evolving field, but perhaps more important, because it offers a reaction to, and powerful reworking of, standardization and high-stakes accountability measures in educational contexts around the globe.


"Excellently framed, complete, and coherent, Moving Critical Literacies Forward summarises a great deal of relevant and up-to-date literature and makes old and new thinking accessible to others."

Alan Rogers, Honorary Professor University of East Anglia, UK

"Drawing from cutting-edge scholars and practitioners in Australia, South Africa, Europe, and North America, this volume provides current theoretical frameworks and tensions alongside notable exemplars of groundbreaking practice."

Noah Asher Golden, Instructor, Hunter College—City University of New York and Teachers College, USA

Table of Contents



Jerome C. Harste


1. Introduction: Making the Road by Talking: Moving Critical Literacies Forward

Jessica Zacher Pandya & JuliAnna Ávila

Section I. Theoretical Frameworks and Arguments for Critical Literacy

2. Defining Critical Literacy

Allan Luke

3. The Importance of Critical Literacy

Hilary Janks

4. Unrest in Grosvenor Square: Preparing for Power in Elite Boarding Schools, Working-Class Public Schools, and Socialist Sunday Schools

Patrick J. Finn

Section II. Critiquing Critical Literacy in Practice

5. Thinking critically in the land of princesses and giants: The affordances and challenges of critical approaches in the early years

Beryl Exley, Annette Woods & Karen Dooley

6. Where Poems Hide: Finding Reflective, Critical Spaces inside Writing Workshop

Amy Flint & Tasha Tropp Laman

7. Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum: Learning to read, question and re-write designs

Barbara Comber & Helen Nixon

8. Looking and Listening for Critical Literacy: Recognizing Ways Youth Perform Critical Literacy in School

Elisabeth Johnson & Lalitha Vasudevan

9. Communities as Counter-storytelling (Con)texts: The Role of Community-Based Educational Institutions in the Development of Critical Literacy and Transformative Action

Enid Rosario-Ramos & Laura Johnson

Section III. Revisions of Critical Literacy

10. Text Complexity: The Battle for Critical Literacy in the Common Core State Standards

Michael Moore, Don Zancanella & JuliAnna Ávila

11. What Counts as Critical Literacy in the Japanese Context: Its Possibilities and Practical Approaches Under the Global-National Curriculum

Shinya Takekawa

12. Standardizing, and Erasing, Critical Literacy in High-Stakes Settings

Jessica Zacher Pandya

13. Inquiry into the Incidental Unfolding of Social Justice Issues: 20 Years of Seeking Out Possibilities for Critical Literacies

Vivian Maria Vasquez

14. Conclusion: Affective and Global Ecologies: New Directions for Critical Literacy

Cynthia Lewis

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Jessica Zacher Pandya is Associate Professor, California State University Long Beach, USA.

JuliAnna Ávila is Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics