The Four Dimensions of Critical Literacy

  •  Disrupting a common situation or understanding (seeking to understand the text or situation in more or less detail to gain perspective)

·         Interrogating multiple viewpoints (standing in the shoes of others or thinking about texts from perspectives of different characters or from perspectives not represented in the texts)

·         Focusing on sociopolitical issues (thinking about power in relationships between and among people and exploring how power relationships shape perceptions, responses, and actions)

·         Taking action and promoting social justice (reflecting and acting to change an inappropriate, unequal power relationship between people)

Identified by Lewison, Flint and Sluys (2002)