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Description - Literacy in a Digital World by Kathleen Tyner

This work examines the tenets of literacy through an historical lens to demonstrate how new communication technologies are resisted and accepted over time. New uses of information for teaching and learning create a "disconnect" in the complex relationship between literacy and schooling, and raise questions about the purposes of literacy in a global, networked, educational environment. The way that new communication technologies change the nature of literacy in contemporary society is discussed as a rationale for corresponding changes in schooling. Digital technologies push beyond alphabetic literacy to explore the way that sound, image and text can be incorporated into education. Attempts to redefine literacy terms - computer, information, technology, visual, and media literacies - proliferate and reflect the need to rethink entrenched assumptions about literacy. These multiple literacies are advanced to help users make sense of the information glut by fostering the ability to access, analyze and produce communication in a variety of forms. The book explores the juncture between two broad movements that hope to improve education: educational technology and media education. A comparative analysis of these two movements develops a vision of teaching and learning that is critical, hands on, inquiry-based and suitable for life in a mobile, global, participatory democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805822267
ISBN-10: 0805822267
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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