Title

Habermasian Criteria for Critical Literacy: An Example of Critical Text Analysis and Its Implications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Source

International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Volume

6

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

115-128

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the connection between Jurgen Habermas’s theory of communicative action and critical literacy. The term “literacy” in critical literacy is multiple in nature and encompasses print and non-print texts. Before the texts are analyzed critically, one has to understand them. And to understand the texts is to examine their underlying validity claims. This paper proposes that Habermas’s criteria for evaluating validity claims in communicative action can be appropriated to analyze the texts in critical literacy. Examples of critical text analysis based on Habermas’s criteria as well as their implications for reading assessment will be discussed.

Keywords

critical literacy, critical theory, literacy education, critical text analysis

Disciplines

Education | Language and Literacy Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

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