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Talking About Literacy : Principles and Practices of Adult Literacy Education (Paperback)

Author: Mace, Jane

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"Talking About Literacy" re-examines dominant notions of what literacy is and challenges the reactive solution to the issue of simply teaching the illiterate basic reading and writing skills. The subject of literacy contains enormous emotional and political associations, and the job of literacy educator often involves changing attitudes and challenging prejudices. Adult literacy education means not only teaching courses in "basic skills," or "language support," but also designing strategies which encourage people to see that these courses may meet their own interests--and educating them and others to rethink their own negative attitudes toward "illiteracy."
This book looks in detail at five principles which Jane Mace suggests are central to the education of people who often can read, but wish they could read better; or who can technically write, but have a desire to do so with more expression and coherence. These principles focus on five themes: "context, inquiry, authorship, equality" and "community," which take seriously the view that adult students are writers as well as readers, and that they have an entitlement to be read, as well as to read others.
"Talking About Literacy" relates a set of ideas about literacy and learning to a range of examples from adult education and training, addressing the social contexts in which people read and write, whether for recreation or for academic and vocational purposes. While addressed primarily to those educating adults in the critical and confident use of reading and writing, this book will also be of interest to anyone who wishes to examine underlying assumptions about literacy and illiteracy.

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Publisher Taylor & Francis
Mfg Part# 9780415066556
SKU 203365450
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415066557
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Number of Pages 0168
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