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Conference Paper

Publication Date




Conference Name

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 27-May 1, 2017, San Antonio, Texas,


This longitudinal phenomenological study centers on an after-school writing club at an elementary school started by two high school English teachers and their students. Over the course of a school year, the writing club addressed local and systemic issues of inequality and facilitated the voice, agency and creative expression of the third to fifth grade students who chose to participate. Emerging trends and themes speak to the promise and possibilities of inter-age writing clubs that go far beyond traditional tutorial models. Rather than engaging in a banking method of tutoring, this project facilitates voice, agency and equality, as well as making significant gains in literacy acquisition for the students participating.


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0000-0002-7603-6021 (Dunkerly-Bean)

Original Publication Citation

Dunkerly-Bean, J. M., Bean, T. W., Kidd, D., & Johnson, E. (2017, April). " What color are our hearts?" Challenging social and literacy inequalities in an elementary school writing club. [Paper presentation]. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2017, San Antonio, Texas. AERA Online Paper Repository.