ERIC Number: ED427335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy, Opportunity, and Economic Change.
For several years a researcher has been tracking the changing conditions of literacy learning as they have been experienced by ordinary people living through them. The purpose was to understand what sharply rising standards for literacy have meant to successive generations of Americans and how they have responded to steady changes in the meanings and methods of literacy learning. In wide-ranging discussions people were asked to remember everything they could about how they learned to write and read across their lifetimes, focusing particularly on the institutions, materials, people, and motivations involved in the process. The aim was to gather a chronicle of literacy learning set within the economic and cultural movements that changed the landscape of southern Wisconsin from an overwhelmingly agrarian society at the turn of the 20th century into a nexus of information and service economies at the turn of the 21st century. The case studies of two prototypical women give rise to a discussion which looks at sponsorship patterns in the literacy opportunities of these women. The larger aim is to extract from their experience lessons that can be applied to literacy learning in any economic configuration. (Contains 12 endnotes and 38 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin