Essay on Critical Literacy and Pedagogy

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In this time where we receive knowledge different then anytime before, the question of how we should interact with it should not be just raised, but emphasized on. In this new flat fast world that we get our knowledge through, critical literacy is a valuable tool and ability that should be recalled and available for all readers. More specific, it should be transferred by teachers to students in all educational environment. It is an important ability for students to have towards texts. And redefining texts to any devices or materials that we are getting the knowledge from, is the first step toward understanding critical literacy. Beside how critical literacy spreads the awareness of looking at texts in their social and cultural context, it…show more content…
In this context the critical literacy works, and which could be defined as the ability of using the language to question and examine our own interaction with, developing through and vision about the world around us, which have been defined by our cultures and social context (Shor, 1999). Critical literacy is an action of reading beyond what we receive, specifically, on “one aspect we are likely to agree about in principle is that Critical literacy is concerned with relations of power and thus the manner in which power circulates both in the real world and within particular texts” (Comber & Simpson, 2001). By using critical literacy we can come to the time when we re-centralized, at least, the power of knowledge from those who have been controlling it to those who have been marginalized. It is a tool that if we focus more in practicing it, the changing of the authority and the public discourse would be more noticeable and beneficial for the majority of people and society. With critical literacy the people become more then negative and passive readers, rather, they would be empowered to create their own interpretation. “Critical literacy views readers as active participants in the reading process and invites them to move beyond passively accepting the text’s message to question, examine, or dispute the power relations that exist between readers and authors. It focuses on issues of power and promotes reflection, transformation,
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