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Beyond Career Day: Nurturing Career Literacies for Children of Color in K-5 Schools


This commentary explores career literacies as a concept that is gaining increasing attention from K-5 schools. As the Common Core Standards in K-5 English Language Arts, which are anchored in college and career readiness, come to the fore of elementary teaching and learning, we would be wise to closely consider the nascent career goals and views of career literacies that children of color bring into the classroom. In a recent study, I asked 31 elementary-aged children from African American and Latino backgrounds to draw pictures of themselves in their future professions, and to describe what reading (and writing) they imagined doing in those professions. Analyses reveal that childrenís drawings of their future careers highlight the complex, discursive nature of career literacy practices and identities in a variety of professional fields. Pedagogical possibilities for designing career relevant learning experiences that leverage children of colorís career goals for literacy learning in elementary schools are also discussed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 22, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17330, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 12:29:49 AM

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