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ERIC Number: ED454494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 15
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Levels of Literacy.
Nettle, Keith
Democracy in western countries now depends on literacy at every level: censuses by which governments can plan for the future; elections which are the cornerstone of democratic choice; local meetings which have agendas and minutes--the whole apparatus of social living is organized and recorded through literacy. This paper is concerned with how literacy as a concept has grown over its history. The paper points out that although it seemed recently that computers might do away with much traditional literacy and numeracy, the reality is quite different--more skills, particularly literacy skills, are needed if individuals are to make full use of computers. It notes recent real setbacks to technological progress in communications--Sweden has announced a drop in the income of electronic publishers, many "dot.com" companies have collapsed, and the next generation of mobile phones has not attracted enough interest in, for example, surfing the Net on a mobile. As to government, the paper sees as one of the problems of contemporary administration that individuals live in a regulatory era with multiple levels of government and subsidiary, in which many of the issues are relatively technical, leading to oversimplification. It asks: So what is the function and value of literacy in such a setting? It cites Britain's newly formed Department of Education and Skills which aims to educate for democracy. The paper considers diverse issues regarding the growth of literacy throughout the western world, including enlarging literacy to take in imaginative literature, and the future of the book and the e-book. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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