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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Critical literacy and the SACE Literacy Strategy

Paul Sommer
Paul Sommer worked as the Literacy Project Officer in the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) during the first half of 2005.
Literacy is not a set of abstract qualities or skills practised independently of the text at hand. It is the investigation of purposes, types of texts and ways of readings, and is profoundly contextual and active. A contemporary definition of literacy should therefore include a critical component. There are three main uses of the word ‘critical’ that are significant in relation to discussion of literacy. The first identifies a particular disposition. The second proposes social action or change as a necessary outcome of a critical approach. The third develops a context for learning. Each has implications for the way a senior secondary course might be constructed and taught.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Literacy
Senior secondary education
South Australia
Curriculum planning