Challenging Ways of Knowing: In English, Mathematics and Science

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This work provides an analysis of how knowledge is constructed and defined by teachers and lecturers in schools and universities/colleges. It considers how everyday uses of reading, writing, numeracy and science are cast aside in favour of academic language and academic discourse, arguing that such discourses are alien to learners' daily experiences and are, therefore, difficult to acquire and adopt.; Chapters examine literacies of English, mathematics and science as practised in and outside schools and colleges. The book is interdisciplinary and multicultural, adopting perspectives from the UK, USA, South Africa, India, Brazil and Kenya. It should be of interest to a wide market of educationalists, including those involved in educational policy making, teacher education, cultural/multicultural studies, development studies, anthropology, and adult and continuing education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750705240
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Changing the Subject Boundaries 11
1 Good Science or Good Art? or Both? 13
2 Evolving Shared Discourse with Teachers to Promote Literacies for Learners in South Africa 19
3 Mathematics, and its Learning, as Narrative - A Literacy for the Twenty-first Century 29
Pt. II Literacy Practices Inside Schools, Outside Schools and in Higher Education 41
4 Scientific Literacy: A Functional Construct 43
5 Family Literacy Programmes and Home Literacy Practices 52
6 Enlarging the 'Ways of Taking' from Literacy Texts: Mode-switching in the Primary Classroom 62
7 Frames of Knowledge 71
8 Children's Formal and Informal School Numeracy Practices 80
9 'How Can You "Discuss" Alone?': Academic Literacy in a South African Context 89
10 Academic Literacies 101
Pt. III The Role of Texts in Literacies for Learning 135
11 An Agenda for Research on Text Materials in Primary Science for Second Language Learners in Developing Countries 137
12 'Focusing on the Frames': Using Comic Books to Challenge Dominant Literacies in South Africa 146
13 Book Learning: Literacy and Information 159
Pt. IV Questioning Dominant Canons and Practices 171
14 Dominant and Subversive Literacy Practices: The Case for Literature 173
15 Scientific Literacy: Whose Science? Whose Literacy? 184
16 Calculating People - Origins of Numeracy in India and the West 194
Notes on Contributors 204
Author Index 209
Subject Index 212
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