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On Critically Conscious Research: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research


reviewed by Marcella Kehus August 31, 2009

coverTitle: On Critically Conscious Research: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research
Author(s): Arlette Ingram Willis, Mary Montavon, Catherine Hunter, Helena Hall, Latanya Burkle, and Ana Herrera
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807749060, Pages: 176, Year: 2008
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As the sixth volume in the NCRLL Collection, Approaches to Language and Literacy Research, On Critically Conscious Research continues the fine tradition of its predecessors with one or more proven researchers, here Arlette Ingram Willis and her very capable peers, providing a sort of handbook for this specialized slice of educational research. And like the authors before them, these experts work to define their particular work, lay out its theoretical foundation, and guide both the novice and more experienced researchers through the particulars of relevant issues and concepts using exemplary studies. Some of the more basic notions to grasp are the ideological commonalties central to those facets of literacy and language research that fall under the label of “critically conscious.” First, this research should “include multiple perspectives and should ultimately advocate for social justice” (p. xii). More specifically, such research works to “challenge barriers to social change, inequality, and democracy as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 31, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15763, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:40:55 AM

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  • Marcella Kehus
    University of Toledo
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    MARCELLA KEHUS is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Toledo. Her current research looks at the use of multicultural literature and student-led discussions with diverse classrooms to provide more tolerant and democratic classroom communities.
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