Critical literacy development in early childhood education

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Prof. Jacob Marriote Ngwaru

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Ms. Mary Anyango Oluga


Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


Developing critical literacy using action research entails reading African stories to children and asking questions to direct children’s thinking. The idea of critical literacy development arises from the need to empower young children to be engaged in discussion about different issues that are directly or indirectly connected to their lives. This study employed the use of qualitative approach and action research design to explore how critical literacy could be developed in young children. Results found indicated that children can engage in exploring complex issues as long as they are exposed to activities that stimulate thinking to development of critical literacy. However for effective implementation, teachers need to be equipped with detailed knowledge on critical literacy and how to facilitate it.

Key terms: Critical Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, Action Research, African Stories, Socio-Cultural Capital, Critical Friend

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