Literary Research Group Seeks Systemic Change on Racial Justice in Field
Talk of racial justice talk is too often limited
The literacy research field has too long ignored issues of racial justice, and it’s time for practitioners to take it into account, says the Literacy Research Association. LRA recently released Racial Justice in Literacy Research, a report that it hopes not only spurs conversations about the topic but also action.
“LRA is going to share this information, but not just share it; we are asking people to make some changes,” said Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Ph.D., LRA president. “We want this to be transformative.”
The report was coauthored by four women of color studying literacy. LRA researchers often look at reading scores for students and reading practices in education, and the authors say that research is predicated on a notion that prioritizes whiteness, rather than taking a racially equitable view.
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