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Third Space and Sociocritical Literacy

  • By: Kris Gutiérrez, Elizabeth Mendoza & Christina Paguyo
  • In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning
  • Edited by: Kylie Peppler
  • Subject:Teaching Methods & Learning Styles (general), After School, Tutoring & Out-of-School Programs

This entry provides an overview of third space and sociocritical literacy, notions of learning that make possible the creation of robust learning environments targeted toward transformative ends. In educational settings, the notion of a third space is frequently used to guide the study and creation of hybrid spaces that have the potential for authentic interaction between youth learners and adult educators. This entry describes the way the concept of third space has evolved in the field of education, with implications for learning both in school and out of school.

Emergence of the Concept

The concept of the third space has emerged across academic disciplines, with various nuanced differences in the meaning of the term. In cultural studies, Homi Bhabha used the concept to promote new understandings of ...

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