Literacy as a Moral Imperative: Facing the Challenges of a Pluralistic Society

Literacy as a Moral Imperative: Facing the Challenges of a Pluralistic Society

by Rebecca Powell

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Literacy as a Moral Imperative: Facing the Challenges of a Pluralistic Society by Rebecca Powell

In this important new book on literacy and teaching practices, education scholar and former schoolteacher Rebecca Powell argues that the decisions we make about literacy in a pluralistic society are fundamentally moral ones, either supporting inequitable power relationships, or seeking to transform them. Powell explores the underlying ideological assumptions of Oschooled literacyO and examines the ways teaching practices create tensions in the lives of students—tensions that often result in alienation and educational failure, particularly among those whose cultural knowledge and language tends to be marginalized in our nationOs schools. While primarily ground in critical theory, this volume also draws from multicultural and holistic perspectives in the teaching of written and oral language and addresses the link between whole language and critical pedagogy. Thus, the text is both theoretical and practical. Powell effectively argues that literacy instruction should encourage social responsibility and civic action, should enable students and teachers to understand the transformative potential of language, and should nurture a culture of compassion and care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461638926
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/1999
Series: Culture and Education Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 527 KB

About the Author

Rebecca Powell is professor of education Georgetown College and Marjorie Bauer Stafford Endowed Chair in Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Conceptualizing Literacy
Chapter 3 “Schooled Literacy” As an Ideological Construct
Chapter 4 The Results of Schooled Literacy
Chapter 5 Realizing a Democratic Vision
Chapter 6 Promoting a Critical Literacy
Chapter 7 Toward a Transformative Vision
Chapter 8 Afterword: One Teacher's Journey

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