Enhancing critical multicultural literacy amongst pre-service teachers in a Bachelor of Education programme

  • Omar Esau Stellenbosch University
Keywords: Critical multicultural literacy, Bachelor of Education programme, pre-service teachers, action research


In this article I reflect on how I attempted to inculcate and enhance critical multicultural literacy in my Bachelor of Education classroom. Critical multicultural literacy educators focus not only on curtailing bias and inequity in the classroom, but also on promoting social justice in society at large. In this article I argue that the development of critical literacy promotes social justice and the exploration of language and literature in many forms. Using a grounded theory approach, I analyse data sources, including interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaires. Findings suggest that exposing pre-service teachers critically to multicultural literacies develops and nurtures much needed social consciousness and social justice in future educators. From an action research perspective, I also discuss implications for future practice.


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Author Biography

Omar Esau, Stellenbosch University
Dr Omar Esau is a Curriculum Studies and Multicultural Education Lecturer at Stellenbosch University. His research interests are in Critical Pedagogy, HIV & AIDS Education, Teachers as Researchers and Multicultural & Multi-Religious Education. Email:oesau@sun.ac.za