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Critical Coaching: Approaching Literacy Coaching Through A Critical Lens, Melissa Wells Jan 2018

Critical Coaching: Approaching Literacy Coaching Through A Critical Lens, Melissa Wells

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Based in critical theory, this qualitative case study explored how a new genre of literacy coaching, called critical coaching, developed and what outcomes it produced. The researcher (a literacy coach) built a critical coaching partnership with an early childhood teacher, and two findings emerged: (1) self-reflection occurred through defining educators’ identities as cultural beings, as well as by naming and challenging assumptions; and (2) taking action occurred through critical networks, advocacy in public spaces, and planning culturally relevant pedagogy. Implications include seven essential conditions for building critical coaching partnerships.