"How Do I Know What I Think Until I Hear What I Say?": The Role of Talk in Critical Media Literacy Development

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The role of talk is often underestimated in literacy learning among older students. This paper expounds upon empirical research from a rigorous, 15-month qualitative research inquiry into the literacy practices of African American urban adolescents in a media-centered after school program. The ways three (3) types of talk emerged within the program are discussed and critiqued as literacy learning strategies. Participants will learn about these student-generated strategies along with the theoretical framework that emerged from them. This presentation will support research informed instructional practices.


Keywords: Media, Literacy, Learning, Classroom Talk
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: “How do I know what I think ‘till I hear what I say?”


Dr. Jeanine Staples

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, Maryland, USA

Jeanine M. Staples is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Special Education Department of the University of Maryland College Park. She has extensive experience working in urban areas with at risk students of all ages, in addition to pre-service and in-service teachers. Jeanine's scholarship uncovers the relationships that exist between literacies, media, adolescence, and teacher education. She also examines the role of the spirit in literacy acquisition, teaching, and learning. Using critical responsive interpretive frameworks, she examines the ways urban youth of color use and develop literacies over time and the ways their teachers support and facilitate that work.

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