Promoting Critical Literacy across the Curriculum and Fostering Safer Learning Environments

Author(s): Roberge, G.D. (2013).
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education

In their everyday practice, teachers commonly encourage children to think deeply and critically examine what they read and view. Over the last decade, this practice has been augmented by increased emphasis on the teaching of critical thinking and critical literacy skills in Ontario schools. By teaching students to understand and embrace diverse viewpoints and to consider underlying messages, critical literacy may help foster another important provincial priority, that of creating safe and caring learning environments.
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Tags: Critical literacy, Cross-curricular, Diversity, Equity, Equity Issues, Human rights, Language Arts, Literacy, math teaching, Safe schools, School Climate, School Environment, School-community partnerships, Science teaching, Social justice, Social studies, Teaching and learning / pedagogy