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ERIC Number: EJ1218359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Reading in the Classroom and Society: An Examination of "Reading Culture" in African Contexts
Trudell, Barbara
International Review of Education, v65 n3 p427-442 Jun 2019
In the education context of sub-Saharan Africa, reading has received substantial attention in recent years. Reading skills and habits have been identified as a marker of success in formal education, particularly with the current international focus on reading achievement as a measure of learning. Meanwhile, adult literacy continues to be seen as an important feature of human development, and reading skills are carefully tracked in reporting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This attention given to reading by major international agencies, and by the partners whom they influence, has contributed to a general belief that progress of all kinds can be linked to the ability to read and understand written text. Literacy and reading certainly feature prominently in many aspects of lifelong learning. However, the current interest in establishing so-called reading cultures is handicapped by a significant mismatch in assumptions about the utility and functions of literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa
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