Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Critical Literacy Pedagogy: Establishing the Factors of Critical Literacy Instruction Through a Mixed Methods Approach
by Paul, Casey Michele Medlock, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2018, 159; 10970033
Abstract (Summary)

Though prior research has examined critical literacy through qualitative case studies, no known study has been conducted on a cross-case mixed methods exploration of the practices used to teach critical literacy. Furthermore, in the literature, critical literacy is typically described as a theory rather than a practice. This study employed a mixed methods exploratory sequential design (qual+QUAN) to operationalize and validate the construct of critical literacy as teacher practice and determine the factors of critical literacy instruction. The first phase of the study explored 20 teacher educators and K-12 teachers' definitions of critical literacy and the ways they teach the construct in the classroom. Findings revealed 6 factors of critical literacy pedagogy: Relevant, Reflexive, Deconstructive, Dialogic, Empowering, and Transformative. From these findings an instrument was developed that collected data regarding teachers' instructional practices. The second phase utilized the instrument to quantitatively collect data and determine the factors of critical literacy pedagogy by using Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA). Results from the second phase indicated a 7-factor structure, with the 6 factors from the qualitative phase confirmed and a 7th factor, termed Intersectional, discovered. Model fit was excellent (CLI = .95; TLI = 0.94; RMSEA = .05, SRMR = .05; α = 0.89).

Indexing (document details)
School: North Carolina State University
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Pedagogy, Education
Keywords: Critical literacy, Critical pedagogy, Curriculum and instruction, Literacy, Multicultural education
Publication Number: 10970033
ISBN: 978-0-438-28490-6
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