Literacy In America: Historic Journey And Contemporary Solutions by Edward E. GordonLiteracy In America: Historic Journey And Contemporary Solutions by Edward E. Gordon

Literacy In America: Historic Journey And Contemporary Solutions

byEdward E. Gordon

Hardcover | December 31, 2002

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This book is the first comprehensive history of how the American people achieved varying degrees of literacy from early colonial times to the modern era. The authors demonstrate that literacy education is not synonymous with schooling. By focusing on people rather than statistics, including literacy among women and minority groups, they explore the literacy agents, methods, and materials used at different times and places throughout the history of the country. The authors define literacy as the degree of interaction with written text that enables individuals to be productive members of their societies. Family literacy is essential to awakening the personal responsibility and motivation necessary for children to develop a love of reading. This effort requires more intensive collaboration procedures between the home and the school, some of which are detailed here. Based largely on primary materials, this historical survey reveals important lessons from the past that can be applied to achieve higher levels of 21st- century literacy.
Title:Literacy In America: Historic Journey And Contemporary SolutionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.66 × 6.1 × 1.24 inPublished:December 31, 2002Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275955249

ISBN - 13:9780275955243

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?The wonder is that this book on literacy in America took Edward E. Gordon and Elaine H. Gordon only ten years to research and write rather than twenty. No one before them has attempted such a full coverage of the history of literacy in the United States from the colonial period to the present day, using quantitative and qualitative evidence....[a] major contribution to the history of literacy with appeal well beyond a scholarly audience. every teacher of literacy would be enriched by reading it.??Journal of American History