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Community Literacy: Can Writing Make a Difference?

By: Linda Flower, Lorraine Higgins, Wayne C. Peck
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2
Date: Spring/Summer 1994

Summary: This excerpt from Community Literacy by Wayne Peck, Linda Flower, and Lorraine Higgins describes the work of the Pittsburgh Community Literacy Center's community–university collaborative. Seeing the need for a working intercultural discourse that lets people cross barriers of race, class, gender, and economics, the authors show how new ideas in education can help shape the conversation and how writing, and learning to use writing for social action, can sit at the center of such a discourse. They describe their process, in which teens enter a policy discussion about suspension and college mentors enter the discourse of inner city teens.


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