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ERIC Number: EJ815886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Beyond Definition: Central Concepts for Understanding Literacy
Kalman, Judy
International Review of Education, v54 n5-6 p523-538 Nov 2008
Direct definitions prove deficient for understanding the complexity of literacy. To examine the use of reading and writing, how it is used, and how it is appropriated, this paper looks at literacy in terms of mediation, multiple literacies, context and participation. A main argument is that access to literacy is accomplished through interaction with other readers and writers and the appropriation of discourses. These discussions articulate further considerations that explore the consequences of literacy, how it is learned, and the notion of practice. It concludes with a look at some of the practical implications of these conceptualizations.
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Language: English
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