ERIC Number: EJ845840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Toward a Functional and Culturally Salient Definition of Literacy
Ntiri, Daphne W.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n2 p97-104 Sum 2009
This paper sets out to show that the concept of literacy is evolving and its conventional definition, "reading and writing," is no longer adequate. Literacy is now subjected to constant redefinition to reflect criteria for social, political, religious, and economic relevance and expectations. The definition must be reframed to capture the complexity of the modern world and to remain linked to individual empowerment in a democratic and dynamic society where minorities such as African Americans, disproportionately represented among the functionally illiterate, are handicapped and cannot fully engage in meaningful political and economic exchanges that speak to their self-interest.
Descriptors: Social Change, Literacy, Definitions, Concept Formation, Semantics, Diachronic Linguistics, Context Effect, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Political Influences, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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