Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Struggles for Access: Expanding Notions of Literacy for Youth in Community-Based Settings

Jaskiran Dhillon, Katerina Zacharia.

This workshop sets out to investigate youth experiences of inequity and marginality within formal institutions of education. We will examine the multiple ways in which structural inequalities across a range of social and economic systems influence, mediate, and regulate educational experiences for specific groups of students. Drawing from community-based programs in New York City and Philadelphia, we intend to explore how expanded notions of literacy may better serve homeless, adjudicated, jobless, and parenting youth. Conversations will further illuminate the potential for educational institutions to create opportunities for alternative and/or participatory learning environments that prepare youth, historically underserved by formal education, for the changing demands of national and global political economies. The importance of understanding student experiences at the juncture of various social markers, such as race, class, gender, citizenship/nationality, and sexuality, will be central to the discussion.


Jaskiran Dhillon  (United States)

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Katerina Zacharia  (United States)

  • Equity
  • Youth
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Opportunity
  • Disadvantage
  • Urban
  • Participatory Learning
  • Literacy

(60 min. Workshop, English)