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Literacy And Empowerment

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The first volume of the series Language and Ideology, this work explores mature literacy. Patrick L. Courts argues that while by society's standards many people can read well, they are unable to create meaning from the world of oral and written language. His theory derives from psycho- and sociolinguistics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, literary criticism, and whole language theory. Courts criticizes programmed activities, texts, and workbooks?challenging the control that commercial textbook publishers and ...

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Overview

The first volume of the series Language and Ideology, this work explores mature literacy. Patrick L. Courts argues that while by society's standards many people can read well, they are unable to create meaning from the world of oral and written language. His theory derives from psycho- and sociolinguistics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, literary criticism, and whole language theory. Courts criticizes programmed activities, texts, and workbooks—challenging the control that commercial textbook publishers and test-makers exert on education. He shuns overemphasis on methods and offers an alternative approach firmly grounded in theory and aimed at empowering teachers and students.

Courts begins with a discussion of liberatory pedagogy, drawing from whole language theory, the social semiotics of Halliday, reader-response theory, and the ideas of Heidegger and Derrida. The subsequent methodological chapters build a case for what Courts calls a conservative revolution in literacy education: teachers combining a sound base of theory with methodologies to tap students' generative, creative powers. Courts's methodology aims to empower people as meaning makers. This book is valuable to teachers and administrators, textbook publishers, and students of education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897892605
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1991
  • Series: Language and Ideology Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK L. COURTS is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Donaldo Macedo

Introduction

Language and Literacy

An Historical Perspective: or, How We Got from Here to There

Anxiety and Language in Society: or, Penetrating the Impenetrable

Readers and (as) Texts

Readers as Authors

Literacy beyond the English Class

Bibliography

Index

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