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The Context of Literacy in Our Society


by Jerome C. Harste & Larry J. Mikulecky - 1984

Our understanding of literacy is distorted by some unsubstantiated beliefs about the benefits of literacy and by several significant changes in literacy demands during this century. To comprehend what literacy means and how literacy operates calls for an expanded context for viewing literacy. This context must include recognition of the role language plays in knowing as well as a sense of the changes that have occurred in literacy demands and the population of literate Americans.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 83, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 5, 1984, p. 47-78
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19155, Date Accessed: 7/19/2019 5:09:18 PM

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