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Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

The call for submissions for this edition of the journal is titled, “Challenging the Deficit Model and the Pathologizing of Children: Envisioning Alternative Models.” In the following essay I will make clear, I hope, how alive and well is the practice of viewing readers, in this case, adolescent readers, through an extremely narrow and inaccurate lens of deficit, explore the why behind the narrow measure and close with some suggestions for expanding our lens for understanding adolescent readers and providing some specific examples of classroom practices that encourage and support such an expanded view.

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