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ERIC Number: EJ886286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0091-732X
Re-Mediating Literacy: Culture, Difference, and Learning for Students from Nondominant Communities
Gutierrez, Kris D.; Morales, P. Zitlali; Martinez, Danny C.
Review of Research in Education, v33 n1 p212-245 2009
Deficit notions about the cognitive potential of individuals from nondominant communities have persisted in social science inquiry, particularly where literacy is concerned. The intellectual trails of current conflicting ideas about literacy can be traced in part to theories about the role of literacy in society. For example, the great divide theories of literacy, sustained by a view of culture as social evolution and progress, attributed significant differences to the cognitive and cultural development of literate and nonliterate people and their communities. In this chapter, the authors examine the flaws in dominant stereotypes regarding literacy; the views linked to autonomous conceptions of literacy; and the deficit discourses, theories, and methods of inquiry that have accompanied such models. They conclude by revisiting arguments against narrow perspectives and by urging critical arguments around re-mediating literacy. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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