Investigating Adolescent Critical Literacy Engagement

Sarah Elizabeth Bonsor Kurki


In this paper the author considers adolescents’ important texts and how they are adopting a critical literacy approach towards them. Qualitative data are presented that demonstrate how critically minded these adolescents are when engaging with texts. The author suggests approaches teachers can take to enhance the relationship between literacy curriculum and teenagers’ text-based interests. A tool for evaluating adolescents’ approach to texts is presented to assist teachers so they can move their students beyond evaluative thinking into a transformative position. This article concludes with suggestions for how teachers can develop their own critical literacy approach to texts and curriculum.


Critical Literacies; Adolescent Literacies; New Literacies; Texts; Qualitative Inquiry;

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