INVESTIGATING STUDENTS‟ CRITICAL LITERACY: A PRELIMINARY STUDY

Sri Wahyuni

Abstract


The study is an attempt to explore students‘ interpretive practices of exposition texts mainly aiming to explain the students‘ level of critical literacy. The participants involved were the sixth semester students of the English Education Study Program, Universitas Negeri Semarang. The students were presented texts to read and required to examine, respond, make judgment to it. The responses were written and they were requested to include their stances towards the texts. Critical literacy in this context does not only refer to one‘s abilities in reading what is explicitly presented in the text but also the ideas and messages carried by the texts. The data were gathered through exhibit question method and analyzed by using Critical Literacy Rubric developed by Sandretto (2011) which qualifies level of critical literacy performance into four; with support, identifies, justifies, and independent. This research addresses three research questions; How do students develop their critical literacy?; What level does the students‘ critical literacy fall into?; and What is the pedagogical implication in relation to critical literacy education?. Finally, the findings will be used as the basis for proposing the development of the current curriculum especially oriented to language skills and other related courses.

Keywords


critical literacy, critical literacy level, literacy education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15294/utns.v0i0.582

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