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Fostering Critical Literacies in Order to Support Students’ Reading of the World

Rorison-Guffey, Stefanie L (2022) Fostering Critical Literacies in Order to Support Students’ Reading of the World. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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High school English classrooms are in need of critical literacy. This study examines the current research related to English classroom pedagogy and applies some pedagogical techniques along with critical literacy tools recommended in order to improve students’ critical literacy.
I am a practicing high school English teacher. I used Improvement Science to develop and refine an instructional routine that would facilitate my students’ critical analysis of texts. Over the course of one unit, I conducted three cycles of study and improvement of the routine. Primary data included the classroom talk, assignments, literary analysis essays, and journal entries of eight students, as well as my own teacher journals, lesson plans, and Plan, Do, Study, Act forms to analyze how to best support students in their growth.
I found that students could develop critical literacies when given the time, space, and scaffolding necessary, however, the growth in studied students was uneven. I also found that student compliance and point-based assessment could be a barrier to fostering critical literacies.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rorison-Guffey, Stefanie
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRainey,
Committee MemberPerry,
Committee MemberKucan,
Date: 31 August 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 June 2022
Approval Date: 31 August 2022
Submission Date: 4 August 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 113
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical literacy, literacy theory, dialogical pedagogy
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 18:02
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 18:02


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