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ERIC Number: ED310400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 17
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Cultural Literacy Shock: A Drama in Three Acts.
Hamilton-Wieler, Sharon
A verbal clash at an international seminar between Harold Rosen of the United Kingdom, who for years had called for broader views of cultural literacy, and Robert Pattison of the United States, who also had called for a similar broadening of the definition of literacy, illustrates how perceptions of a shared ideology can be surprisingly incompatible, even between scholars from countries sharing a common heritage. Literacy problems of different countries, emerging as they have from different cultural and political histories, require different proposed solutions--different not only from country to country, but different within each country, according to changes in political agendas. In the case of Rosen and Pattison, the former's perceptions were based on the lived-through reality of a working class Jewish boy from London's East End slum tenements, while Pattison's notions were academic in nature and derived from an Ivy League east coast American WASP background. Each viewpoint was also subtly affected by the different political histories of both countries, which resulted in cultural cycles of dependency for the one and independence for the other. The need for multiple literacies and multiple approaches is further illustrated by differences of class, race, and gender consciousness between England and Canada. In all three countries the looked-for quality of access to literacy is not manifested in the goals and intentions expressed in rhetoric, but in the reality of the institutions where scholars work and conduct their business transactions. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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