Contests over meaning in a CLA classroom

A beautifully reflective article on an action research project on literacy practices conducted in South Africa in 1993/94. The author shows her own conflicts with a course as she had designed it, explores her dissatisfactions with the way she had reproduced dominant power relations, and outlines her design for a more collaborative project the following year.

The article illustrates the shift in academic interest from encouraging oppositional readings towards a focus on understanding the (socio-historical) development of how particular readings came to be the way they are.

Granville, Stella (2003). Contests over meaning in a South African classroom: Introducing critical language awareness in a climate of social change and cultural diversity. Language and Education 17(1): 1: 20. (pdf)

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