Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Writing for Transformation: Teen Girls of Color and Critical Literacy in a Creative Writing Program
by Alber, Rebecca, Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2016, 144; 10144143
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explored the experiences and insights of four alumnae from a girls’ after-school writing program and the program’s transformative impact on development of their literacy, their voice, and their confidence. The writing program, InkGirls (a pseudonym), was for girls of color ages 13 to 18 who lived in metropolitan Los Angeles. Participants attended high-density public schools located in low-income neighborhoods. Curriculum and instructional practices in such public schools have been critiqued as substandard, rote, and lacking opportunities for critical thinking and student voice (Darder, 2015). Gender bias in the classroom, and the lack of representation of women of color in instructional materials also have been legitimate concerns in U.S. public schooling (Sadker, Sadker, & Zittleman, 2009).

Using a theoretical framework of critical pedagogy (Freire, 2000) and critical feminist pedagogy (Weiler, 1988), this qualitative study investigated practices of critical literacy (Christensen, 2009) in the writing program that promoted development of literacy and voice and elevated the critical consciousness and social agency of the participants. The program’s elements of critical literacy included studying relatable texts, reading from critical perspectives, writing personal narratives, and completing social action projects in public readings for a live audience. The findings from the program’s curriculum and public readings, and the perceptions of the former participants pointed to critical literacy as an effective approach to literacy instruction and development of voice and agency

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Darder, Antonia
Commitee: Miller, Mev, Poindexter, Candace
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing, Womens studies, Reading instruction
Keywords: Adolescent girls of color, Critical feminist pedagogy, Critical literacy, Critical pedagogy, Secondary public school education
Publication Number: 10144143
ISBN: 978-1-339-99336-2
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