The Development of Youth Critical Consciousness and its Relation to Schooling, Achievement, and Curiosity


Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Gutman 305

Critical consciousness refers to the ability to understand, analyze, and take action against the systems of oppression shaping one's life and community. A growing body of research suggests that, for youth from oppressed groups, critical consciousness is associated with a number of positive outcomes including resilience, self-esteem, political engagement, professional aspirations, and academic engagement. In this presentation, Drs. Clark, Graves, and Seider will report on key findings from their five-year, mixed methods study investigating the role of secondary schools in fostering the critical consciousness development of more than 400 Black and Latinx adolescents. These findings include insight into the effects of different schooling approaches on youth critical consciousness development as well as the relations between youth critical consciousness and various academic, civic, and social-emotional outcomes.