MERN Forum Presentation id=663
MERN Forum # 42
Session: 3A
Author: Michelle Honeyford and Wayne Serebrin
Affiliation: University of Manitoba
Title : Life writing and literary métissage: Practitioner inquiries into the teaching of writing as/for social justice and human rights
Description : The Manitoba Writing Project (MBWP) is a professional network for educators and educational partners interested in creating an inquiry community into writing and the teaching of writing, particularly with a focus on writing for/as social justice and human rights. Our ongoing practitioner research (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 2009) as co-directors of the MBWP is an inquiry into how writing can be leveraged in “the quest for social justice and the basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled, including civil, political, economic, social, collective and cultural rights.”1 In this study, we engage in life writing and literary métissage as a methodological “act of braiding,” a process of bringing together, interconnecting, remixing, and Hasebe-Ludt, Leggo, & Sinner, 2012). Four data sources form the strands of this research: 1) a qualitative interview study with 30 educators about writing and writing pedagogies in the province; 2) focus group discussions conducted during a day-long writing conference with educators; 3) writings and reflections generated by us and participants in the inaugural MBWP Summer Writing Institute; 4) documentation and reflections related to social justice pedagogy projects implemented by practitioners in the MBWP. The Forum presents an opportunity to share the implications of this inquiry for writing research and pedagogy, highlighting issues of social justice and human rights in the teaching of language and literacy. 1 http://chrr.info/component/content/article/8-projects-a-partners/425-human- rights-book-series
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