Culturally Sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics Praxis: Embodied Inquiry with Multilingual Youth

1st Edition

Ruth M. Harman, Kevin J. Burke

April 9, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages - 6 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780367139827 - CAT# K410168
Series: Language, Culture, and Teaching Series

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Introducing a framework for culturally sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) praxis, Harman, Burke and their contributing authors guide readers through a practical and analytic exploration of youth participatory work in ELA and art classrooms, and community settings. Applying an SFL lens to critical literacy and schooling, this book articulates a vision for youth learning and civic engagement that focuses on the power of performance, spatial learning, community activism, and student agency. The book offers a range of research-driven, multimodal resources and methods for teachers to encourage students’ meaning-making. The authors share how teachers and community activists can interact and support diverse and multilingual youth, fostering a dynamic environment that deepens inquiry of the arts and disciplinary area knowledge. Research in this volume provides a model for collaborative engagement and community partnerships, featuring the voices of students and teachers to highlight the importance of agency and action research in supporting literacy learning and transformative inquiry. Demonstrating theoretically and practically how SFL praxis can be applied broadly and deeply in the field, this volume is suitable for pre-service teachers, teacher educators, graduate students, and scholars in bilingual and multilingual education, literacy education, and language policy.


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