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ERIC Number: EJ776380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Why Johnny Can Never, Ever Read: The Perpetual Literacy Crisis and Student Identity
Williams, Bronwyn T.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v51 n2 p178-182 Oct 2007
Alarms about a "literacy crisis" among young people have been sounded on a regular basis for more than a century. Yet as each generation of students matures, it is able to accomplish the reading and writing tasks necessary for society to continue. Perhaps then, rather than sounding more alarms, it is time to consider what anxieties, particularly economic anxieties, drive the perpetual literacy crisis. We should consider how these anxieties influence our perceptions of student identities and how best to respond in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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