ERIC Number: ED471651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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One Literacy...Or Double Power?
Lo Bianco, Joseph
This paper argues against Australia's "One Literacy" (English only) movement, explaining that in recent years, there have been efforts to clear the curriculum of non-literacy subjects and activities, and noting the difficulty of determining what is and is not a curriculum distraction. It also notes that elementary students' English language reading and writing performance on standardized tests is unacceptably low and that some people feel that literacy performance is not being measured in ways sensitive to social factors. The paper suggests that to track the effect on languages and literacy of this literacy crisis, it is necessary to consider what fits under the terms "languages" and "literacies" and then trace which kinds of languages and literacies have not done well under the crisis. It examines problems for "One Literacy" (e.g., community languages in which the maintenance of linguistic and cultural heritage, and uninterrupted conceptual development from home to school, is a key goal), then discusses the following: transferring literacy; cultural insights from biliteracy; policy literacy; the origins, claims, and modus operandi of One Literacy; and problems with "One Literacy." It concludes by advocating "Australian Literacies," which would involve the mastery of multiple codes, diverse modes, and plural meanings of literate practice in contemporary Australia. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, English Only Movement, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Literacy Education, Minority Groups, Politics of Education, Social Influences
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Identifiers - Location: Australia