Literacy in Theory and Practice: LITERACY IN THEORY & PRAC by Brian V. StreetLiteracy in Theory and Practice: LITERACY IN THEORY & PRAC by Brian V. Street

Literacy in Theory and Practice: LITERACY IN THEORY & PRAC

byBrian V. Street

Paperback | February 22, 1985

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This book challenges conventional theories about literacy, and the practices which often arise from them. It attempts to provide a new perspective through which the variety of literacy practices across different cultures can be viewed and from which the practical issues that arise in specific literacy campaigns and programmes can be approached. Dr Street first examines the explicit theories developed about literacy within different academic disciplines, on the premise that these underlie statements about literacy within development campaigns and in everyday usage. He analyses in detail arguments about the 'technical' and 'neutral' nature of literacy and its supposed 'cognitive' consequences in the work of some psychologists, linguists and social anthropologists. He claims that these amount to a coherent but flawed model that he terms the 'autonomous' model of literacy. Against this he poses an 'ideological' model, one which pays greater attention to the social structure. He attempts to bring together recent shifts in this direction in writings on literacy and to construct a coherent model for further work.
Title:Literacy in Theory and Practice: LITERACY IN THEORY & PRACFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 22, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521289610

ISBN - 13:9780521289610


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prolegomenon; Introduction; Part I. Literacy In Theory: 1. The 'autonomous' model: I. literacy and rationality; 2. The 'autonomous' model: II. goody; 3. Literacy and linguistics; 4. The 'ideological model; Part II. Literacy In Theory And Practice: 5. 'Maktab' literacy; 6. 'Commercial' literacy; Part III. Literacy In Practice: 7. Unesco and radical literacy campaigns; 8. Adult literacy campaigns in the UK and the USA; Bibliography; Index.