Fall 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Joe Lewis

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Katy Anderson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Tyler Berndt


The purpose of this action research is to better understand, “How can an intermediate elementary educator use critical literacy to promote social justice through book clubs?” The author researched and defined social justice, critical literacy and book clubs. After, the author administered a pre assessment, helped facilitate book clubs and a post assessment. The action research was conducted in a suburban school that is mainly comprised of white students. Two groups, having selected the same text, were chosen as a focus group. The author notes and highlights themes across all seven of the students’ experiences throughout the unit. The author discovered that one group used a social justice critical lens while reading and discussing the book and proceeded to provide a solution a problem in the text. The other group developed a critical literacy lens while reading and discussing the text.

Research Methodology

Action Research


Literacy, Reading, Social Justice

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