Critical scholars investigate (CSI)
Tucker, Erika Yvette
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Rarely are students allowed opportunities to conduct research on issues or topics of relevance to their school and community lives. The purpose of this critical action research study was to explore the question of How can a teacher-researcher can create critical literacy opportunities that build on students’ questions about their own schooling and community? In addition, it addressed a second research question, How do students use research to construct perceptions of their school and its surrounding community? Using thematic analysis networks, the researcher identified three deductive themes for categorizing data and also found four global inductive themes that worked in conjunction to answer the research questions above. The study took place with the researcher’s own eighth grade English Language Arts students in a mixed-ability classroom in a small county outside the metropolitan Atlanta area.