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Reading Between the Lines and Against the Grain: English Language Arts and Social Reproduction in Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Vermeer, Leslie A.
  • Alberta's 2003 High School English Language Arts curriculum produces differential literacies because it grants some students access to high-status cultural knowledge and some students access to merely functional skills. This differential work reflects an important process in sorting, selecting, and stratifying labour and reproducing stable, class-based social structures; such work is a functional consequence of the curriculum, not necessarily recognized or intentional. The process, however, does not occur in isolation and is in fact complementary to other social processes of stratification. Nonetheless, this dissertation argues that by changing the curriculum, emphasizing tactical and strategic literacy, and teaching the practice of critique, we — teachers, students, and citizens — may interrupt the hegemonic action of the dominant ideology and reveal a space for transformative social change.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3T022
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Specialization
    • Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kachur, Jerrold (Educational Policy Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Harder, Lois (Political Science)
    • Iveson, Margaret (Secondary Education)
    • Mackey, Margaret (School of Library and Information Studies)
    • Finkel, Alvin (History, Athbasca University)
    • Wallace, Janice (Educational Policy Studies)