Students' critical consciousness through critical literacy awareness

Koo Yew Lie, Fook Fei Wong, Kemboja Ismail

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Abstract

To think critically is undeniably one of the major elements of "first class human capital" in a knowledge economy. It is most regrettable that Malaysian students, even at the tertiary level, tend to be uncritical due to socialisation processes in the educational and sociocultural environment. Responding to this identified need to raise the critical consciousness of students, this paper examines how a Higher Education teacher challenged her postgraduate students to be critical learners through the use of CLA (Critical literacy awareness) strategies in her Language and Literacy course. The paper suggests that the use of CLA strategies has increased student engagement and strengthened student voices. This paper concludes by proposing that CLA should be included in pedagogical practices in Higher Education given that active participation in knowledge economies is the vision of the Malaysian Higher Education Action Plan (MoHE 2007a, b).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-743
Number of pages17
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • Classroom intervention
  • Critical literacy awareness
  • Multiliteracies
  • Pluriliteracy
  • Postgraduate students' voices

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  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Students' critical consciousness through critical literacy awareness. / Lie, Koo Yew; Wong, Fook Fei; Ismail, Kemboja.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 05.2012, p. 727-743.

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