The Cultural and Economic Divides of Literacy Access: Addressing Barriers and Advocating Change

By Tammy Oberg De La Garza.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This session will explore how Latino students in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Chicago conceptualize Literacy in their family and community. In partnership between an urban, College of Teacher Education and a grassroots community organization, this Photovoice research project engaged sixty, Latino students in grades 2-8 in a photographic examination of literacy activities in their family homes and community. Students’ photos representing their views of literacy were analyzed and can be used to spark community discourse on the barriers that prohibit access to literacy and power within the urban, Latino community. This examination provides a methodology for uncovering social injustices and a foundation to address inequitable access to literacy, not only in the United States, but in diverse centers across the globe.

Keywords: Social Justice, Diversity, Literacy, Photovoice, Socioeconomics

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.177-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.314MB).

Dr. Tammy Oberg De La Garza

Assistant Professor Language & Literacy, College of Education, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dr. Tammy Oberg De La Garza is an Assistant Professor of Language & Literacy at Roosevelt University, College of Education. She is dedicated to preparing effective teachers that are catalysts for social change and understand what it means to be an educational leader in the global community.

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