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Towards Critical Literacy? A National Test and Prescribed Classroom Preparations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
2013 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 4, no 2, 243-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses, from a bilingual perspective, on how a Swedish national test is intended to promote critical literacy and language development in line with related aims in syllabuses for Swedish and Swedish as a second language. The material consists of reading and writing assignments and prescribed classroom preparations (including inspiration material). The method of analysis is Janks’ model for critical literacy education, focusing on orientations to domination, diversity, access and design. The main findings are that aspirations to critical literacy are lacking in both the reading and writing assignments and in the prescribed classroom preparations. The directions for using the inspiration material do not mention discussing power relations and there are no directions for explicit pedagogy demonstrating how the language of the inspiration story can be analysed as regards power expressions or other word choices suitable for the theme of the writing assignments.

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2013. Vol. 4, no 2, 243-260 p.
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critical literacy, syllabuses, national tests with classroom preparations, multicultural and multilingual classrooms, bilingual pupils
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Language Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96752OAI: diva2:667346
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

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