Literate Lives in the Information Age
Narratives of Literacy from the United States
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Literate Lives in the Information Age by Cynthia L. Selfe
Book DescriptionThis book chronicles the development of electronic literacies through the stories of individuals with varying backgrounds and skills. Authors Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher employ these stories to begin tracing technological literacy as it has emerged over the last few decades within the United States. They selected 20 case studies from the corpus of more than 350 people who participated in interviews or completed a technological literacy questionnaire during six years of their study. The book is organized into seven chapters that follow the 20 participants in their efforts to acquire varying degrees of technological literacy. Each chapter situates the participants' life-history accounts in the cultural ecology of the time, tracing major political, economic, social, and educational events, factors, and trends that may have influenced--and been influenced by--literacy practices and values. These literacy histories are richly sown with information that can help those in composition and writing studies situate the processes of acquiring the literacies of technology in specific cultural, material, educational, and familial contexts. These case studies provide initial clues about combinations of factors that affect--and are affected by--technological literacy acquisition and development. The first-hand accounts presented here offer, in abundant detail, everyday literacy experiences that can help educators, parents, policymakers, and writing teachers respond to today's students in more informed ways.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805843149
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Cynthia L. Selfe
Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century, Paperback (June 2007)
This volume examines the claim that computer games can provide better literacy and learning environments than schools. Using case-studies in the US at the beginning of the twenty-first century and the words and observations of individual gamers, the book offers historical and cultural analyses of their literacy development, practices and values.
Literate Lives in the Information Age, Hardback (July 2004)» View all books by Cynthia L. Selfe
Reporting the emergence of technological literacy in the US, this study chronicles the stories of several individuals in their efforts to acquire varying degrees of such literacy. It situates their accounts in the cultural ecology of the time, tracing factors and trends that may have influenced or been influenced by literacy practices and values.
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