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ERIC Number: EJ1002946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Literacy Is More than Books and Pens
Roseboro, Anna J. Small
English Journal, v102 n1 p16-17 Sep 2012
Like parents, educators should prepare their students to do without them. To achieve this they must understand two concepts they hear about in the world of education: multiple intelligences and media literacy. Research on ways people learn and demonstrate knowledge shows that both are as diverse as the physiques of the students. Some of them learn best when they see and hear; others learn best when they manipulate something in their hands or move about the classroom. Howard Gardner, professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, identified these phenomena as multiple intelligences. Literacy, the way one interprets what one sees and reads, is the foundation of education, and one hears about literacy competence in the daily news about standards, testing, curricula, and schools in general. Being observant professionals, educators must admit that current society is less likely to turn to books for information and less likely to use a pen and paper to communicate ideas. They, therefore, must teach their students media literacy, to help them become critical of information presented in a variety of formats and to become efficient users of communication technology as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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