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Title:The Literacies Institute: Its mission, activities, and perspective on literacy
Author(s):Bruce, Bertram C.; Gee, James Paul; Michaels, Sarah
Abstract:Literacy is a prerequisite for full participation in a modern, technological society. For the nation, broad-based literacy is a prerequisite for the effective functioning of democratic institutions at home and for continued competitiveness in an increasingly complex world. We think of the United States as a highly literate nation, and in the sense that nearly all citizens can read and write at a minimal level, it is. But full literacy implies far more than basic reading and writing proficiency. It implies an enculturation into ways of thinking, interpreting, and using language in a variety of complex activities and settings, typical of a rapidly changing and technologically advanced society. Moreover, it implies that this enculturation is widespread throughout the population. In both these senses, the U.S. is only partially literate.
Issue Date:1989
Publisher:Education Development Center
Citation Info:The Literacies Institute (1989). The Literacies Institute: Its mission, activities, and perspective on literacy (Technical Report No. 1). Newton, MA: Education Development Center. (Written by Bertram C. Bruce, James Paul Gee, & Sarah Michaels).
Series/Report:The Literacies Institute, Technical Report No. 1
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-04-23

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