Literacy, Culture and Development

Literacy, Culture and Development

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Literacy is thought to be one of the primary cultural transmitters of information and beliefs within any society where it exists. Yet, when considered as a social phenomenon, literacy is remarkably difficult to define, because its functions, meanings, and methods of learning vary from one cultural group to the next. This book compares and contrasts our understanding of literacy and its acquisition and retention. It addresses major debates in education policy today, such as the importance of 'mother-tongue' literacy programs, the notion of literacy 'relapse', and the concept of educational poverty. The author focuses on Moroccan children whose parents are unschooled, whose language is often different from that used in the classroom, and whose first instruction often involves rote religious teaching.information could make a childa#39;s search for the correct answer appreciably easier . ... In contrast, 53% of the children in Cohort 2, predominantly those in sixth grade, gave the correct answer. The electricity bill also presented a large array of numbers, detailing such information as volume of electrical power used, unit costs, and amount billed. Although these figures are labeled on the preprinted bill forms in both Arabic and French, the vocabulary items are specialized and typicallyanbsp;...

Title:Literacy, Culture and Development
Author:Daniel A. Wagner
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1993


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