Literacy for Sustainable Development in the Age of Information

Literacy for Sustainable Development in the Age of Information

by Rassool
     
 

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The book provides a critical overview of
• the literacy debate in academic and general educational discourse,
• the role of functional literacy in societal development programmes during the past two decades,
• a critical evaluation of the issues that surround literacy in an increasingly computer-dominated world. Part 1 provides an

Overview

The book provides a critical overview of
• the literacy debate in academic and general educational discourse,
• the role of functional literacy in societal development programmes during the past two decades,
• a critical evaluation of the issues that surround literacy in an increasingly computer-dominated world. Part 1 provides an evaluation of the theoretical frameworks that have framed discussions about what literacy is, and what its value is to individual and societal development. Part 2 locates literacy within the context of the pluralist nation-state and discusses the important position that literacy has occupied historically in theories of societal development. Charting changing definitions of text within computer-mediated textual environments, Part 3 examines prevailing definitions and views of literacy in terms of their adequacy in meeting the complex knowledge and literacy skills demanded in the information age. The book's consideration of a reconceptualization of power within the information society, and its emphasis on 'communicative competence' in relation to democratic citizenship are unique. It makes an important contribution to the study of sociolinguistics, the sociology of technology, curriculum studies, the sociology of education and cultural studies. Its central focus on development in different societies will make it a useful text in Development Studies and Comparative Education.

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Rassool (education, U. of Reading, England) begins by evaluating the theoretical frameworks that have shaped discussions of what literacy is and what its values is in the development of individuals and societies. Then she locates it within the context of pluralist nation state and examines the important position it has occupied historically in theories of societal development. Finally she queries how adequate prevailing definitions and views are for meeting the complex knowledge and literacy skills demanded in the information age. US distribution by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853594328
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
The Language and Education Library
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Naz Rassool is a lecturer in education at the University of Reading. She has published within the broad field of the sociology of language, national language policies, linguistic diversity and the sociology of technology in education. She is currently co-authoring a critique of school effectiveness discourse, with Louise Morley from the University of Sussex.

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