Functional Literacy: Theoretical issues and educational implications (Studies in Written Language and Literacy 1)

Functional Literacy: Theoretical issues and educational implications (Studies in Written Language and Literacy 1)

By: Ludo Verhoeven (editor)Paperback

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The purpose of the volume is to open up new perspectives in the study of literacy by bringing together current research findings from linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The book divides into five parts. The first part deals with theoretical questions related to the definition and the modeling of the construct of functional literacy. The second part goes into the notion of literacy development. Both societal and individual aspects of literacy development are taken into account. In the next two parts the actual achievement of literacy in various regions of the world is dealt with. In part 3 the focus is on attaining literacy in developing societies, and in part 4 on attaining literacy in industrialized societies. In the final part the question is raised how functional literacy can be promoted through education. Starting from a cross-cultural perspective the central issue is how standards of functional literacy can be established throughout the world.


1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction; 3. Modeling and promoting functional literacy (by Verhoeven, Ludo); 4. Part 1: The construct of functional literacy; 5. Literacy, myths and legacies: lessons from the history of literacy (by Graff, Harvey J.); 6. The construct of oral and written language (by Blanche-Benveniste, Claire); 7. Text processing and its relevance for literacy (by Noordman, Leo); 8. Cross-cultural perspectives on literacy (by Street, Brian); 9. Functional literacy in a changing world (by Levine, Kenneth); 10. Part 2: Literacy and development; 11. Literacy and the making of the Western mind (by Olson, David R.); 12. The cognitive psychology of literacy: some basic findings (by Bertelson, Paul); 13. Socio-cultural determinants of literacy development (by Leseman, Paul); 14. The social impact of literacy (by Barton, David); 15. Linguistic diversity and literacy development (by Verhoeven, Ludo); 16. Part 3: Attaining literacy in developing societies; 17. Problems and pseudo-problems in literacy development: focus on Latin America (by Ferreiro, Emilia); 18. Continua of biliteracy: Quechua and empowerment in Peru (by Hornberger, Nancy H.); 19. Literacy education and gender: the case of Honduras (by Westen, Monique van der); 20. Literacy and development in South-East Asia (by Daswani, Chander J.); 21. Literacy and development in Africa: the case of Tanzania (by Yambi, Josephine); 22. Part 4: Attaining literacy in industrialized societies; 23. Writing systems and literacy: the alphabetic myth revisited (by Coulmas, Florian); 24. Assesment of adult literacy difficulties (by Doets, Cees); 25. Emergent literacy and education (by Pontecorvo, Clotilde); 26. Towards a taxonomy of early literacy difficulties (by Leij, Aryan van der); 27. Dialogue systems and interactive literacy instruction (by Bouwhuis, Don); 28. Part 5: Promoting functional standards of literacy; 29. A comparative perspective on functional literacy levels (by Loxley, William); 30. Towards a socio-cultural model of literacy education (by Dubbeldam, Leo); 31. The question of functionality in literacy: a systemic approach (by Hammond, Jennifer); 32. Literacy for work programs (by Ooijens, Jan); 33. Literacy in a global perspective: the year 2000 and beyond (by Wagner, Daniel); 34. Subject index; 35. List of contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9789027217929
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 493
  • ID: 9789027217929
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 9027217920

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