20 Research Articles for 2020

"Critical Literacy as Comprehension: Expanding Reader Response" by Maureen McLaughlin and Glenn DeVoogd (Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2004)

Developing critical literacy is an issue of democracy: We need thoughtful, engaged citizens now more than ever. If young people are not provided with the tools and scaffolding to look deeply within themselves and at the world in which they live, they are less likely to critically evaluate social issues in their out-of-school lives. In this article, McLaughlin and DeVoogd offer a practical and relevant primer for teachers looking to help students expand their reasoning, seek out other perspectives, and think actively. They emphasize reading and discussing texts with a critical eye, through juxtaposition of multiple perspectives and problem posing, to scaffold students toward critically reading the world around them.

Reviewed by Brittany Adams, State University of New York at Cortland

McLaughlin, M., & DeVoogd, G. (2004). Critical literacy as comprehension: Expanding reader response. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 48(1), 52–62. https://doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.48.1.5

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