Warrior scholars & bridge builders: Civic dreaming in ELA classrooms

Nicole Mirra, Jerica Coffey, Ashley Englander

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Abstract

This study explores how two high school English language arts (ELA) teachers leveraged disciplinary literacy practices in their classrooms to help students explore their identities as citizens and imagine a more just and equitable democratic society. Using a figured worlds framework, the study articulates a sociocritical approach to civic literacy learning that challenges neoliberal constructions of citizenship and literacy and situates ELA classes as crucial sites of civic education. Findings demonstrate how the intersection of teacher and student identities, literacy practices, and learning contexts create distinct classroom civic worlds in which civic dreaming can take place and democratic praxis can be enacted. The authors suggest a need for the field of ELA to consider the intersections of race, literacy, and citizenship to challenge social inequities through classroom learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-445
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Literacy Research
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Keywords

  • Critical literacies
  • Ethnographic research
  • Identity
  • Social justice
  • Urban education

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Mirra, Nicole ; Coffey, Jerica ; Englander, Ashley. / Warrior scholars & bridge builders : Civic dreaming in ELA classrooms. In: Journal of Literacy Research. 2018 ; Vol. 50, No. 4. pp. 423-445.
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Warrior scholars & bridge builders : Civic dreaming in ELA classrooms. / Mirra, Nicole; Coffey, Jerica; Englander, Ashley.

In: Journal of Literacy Research, Vol. 50, No. 4, 01.06.2018, p. 423-445.

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