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Critical Consciousness: A Key To Student Achievement

Abstract

"Research has suggested that critical consciousness -- the ability to recognize and analyze systems of inequality and the commitment to take action against these systems -- can be a gateway to academic motivation and achievement for marginalized students. To explore this approach, the authors studied six urban schools that include critical consciousness development in their mission. Three strategies emerged as promising practices that schools can use to develop black students' critical consciousness and harness the connection between critical consciousness and student achievement. They include teaching students the language of inequality, creating space to interrogate racism, and teaching students how to take action."

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