ERIC Number: ED476284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-18
The Literate Mind.
Langer, Judith A.
A literate mind is the kind of mind people need to do their jobs well, to adjust as their jobs change, and to be able to change jobs when they need to or want to. This paper contends that today, not enough adults have this kind of literacy, nor are students learning it well enough. A literate mind matters in the following contexts: in changing jobs; communicating in society; and flourishing in the global village. Literate thinking is also defined as the ability to engage in the kinds of thinking and reasoning people use when they read and write even in situations where reading and writing are not involved. This view of literacy assumes individual and cultural differences and societal changes over time. In addition to discussing a sociocognitive view of literacy, this paper touches on envisionment-building, literacy understanding, teachers' professional lives, test preparation, and a new study called Partnership for Literacy. (PM)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Job Skills, Literacy, Social Environment, Teacher Background, Teaching Methods, Testing
For full text: http://cela.albany.edu/researcher/langer/dist_speech.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Distinguished Professor Reception, April 18, 2002. Contains small print.