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ERIC Number: ED420047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 13
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High Expectations--High Achievement on Literacy: "What Shall We Do in This Hangman's Hour?"
Linnakyla, Pirjo
Finland is a country of great expectations on literacy and literacy education. High expectations and demands have, however, a darker side. High expectations of society, parents, and teachers may have an effect on the students' self-esteem. The economic recession in the early 1990s strongly accelerated the change in literacy demands and expectations. The prosperity of Finland will be crucially dependent on its capacity to adopt new information technology but in the meantime also to develop and apply it critically on the basis of its own national circumstances. While new media and new modes of communication arise, the old forms do not generally vanish, but rather expand and become richer. The literacy expectations (old and new) can be defined according to Jurgen Habermas's theory on knowledge interests into three quality levels--technical, practical, and emancipatory. The new expectations and demands on literacy in the information society are still associated with many tensions, possibilities, and threats to be discussed. Many problems still to be solved when developing new multicultural literacy are: contradictions between national cultures and the prevalence of scientific-technical globalism; national styles of communication; use of national languages in global networks and telecommunication; interaction of humanistic and individualistic values with the new communication and information technology; social relations when people would rather discuss through the machine than face-to-face; who has the power in the new media; and the issue of values and morals. (Contains 17 references and two tables and three figures of data.) (RS)
Thirty-three selected papers from this conference are available on the "Literacy Online" website:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland