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Characterizing literacy : a study of Western and Indian literacy experiences

Author: Rangaswamy Narasimhan
Publisher: New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The author maintains that traditional oral practices may often be actually underpinned by literacy and argues that systematic work needs to be undertaken to fully understand this phenomenon. To take into account these wider relationships between orality and literacy, the author introduces a revised characterization of literacy defining it as the capacity for reflective thinking, supported by technology. Since this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rangaswamy Narasimhan
ISBN: 0761998292 9780761998297 8178292998 9788178292991
OCLC Number: 52982440
Description: 197 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Characterizing literacy --
The oral dimension in Indian tradition --
Literacy and schooling --
Open problems : Indian perspective.
Responsibility: R. Narasimhan.
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"The author maintains that traditional oral practices may often be actually underpinned by literacy and argues that systematic work needs to be undertaken to fully understand this phenomenon. To take into account these wider relationships between orality and literacy, the author introduces a revised characterization of literacy defining it as the capacity for reflective thinking, supported by technology. Since this approach impacts on education, the author also assesses methods and practices of schooling and of teaching literacy." "A pioneering exploration of important issues that have so far been largely ignored, this important book will prove to be of value to literacy scholars and practitioners educationists and students as well as teachers of sociology and psychology."--BOOK JACKET.

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