What is critical literacy?

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Critical literacy, as understood by those who coined the term, is the "use of language in all of its forms, as in thinking, solving problems, or communicating" (Venezky 1982).


More generally, critical literacy is an approach to literacy which emphasizes the external context of the learner and the learner's relationship to that context.


Critical literacy often embraces themes of confrontation, power, control, domination, self-construction, awareness, and topics of political and economic analysis. Strong forms of critical literacy equate literacy to understanding the external world. Reading is understanding that world; writing is reshaping it.

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