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The psychology of literacy

Author: Sylvia Scribner; Michael Cole
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 1981.
Series: ACLS Humanities E-Book Series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What are the intrinsic differences between the literate and the illiterate mind? The Vai, a small West African group, developed their own system of writing that flourishes today, althought no body of written literature exists and about half of those literate in Vai have never had formal schooling. Given this situation, Scribner and Cole were able to test mor than 1,000 subjects over a four-year period to measure the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Scribner, Sylvia, 1925-
Psychology of literacy.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1981
(DLC) 81000607
(OCoLC)7205454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Scribner; Michael Cole
ISBN: 9780674721142 0674721144 9780674433014 0674433017
OCLC Number: 562697976
Language Note: In English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 335 pages, [4] leaves of plates) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Preface --
Contents --
I: Framing the questions --
II: Social context of literacy --
III: Testing Consequences: Developmental Paradigms --
Testing Consequences: Functional Paradigms --
Appendixes --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: ACLS Humanities E-Book Series.
Responsibility: Sylvia Scribner, Michael Cole.

Abstract:

What are the intrinsic differences between the literate and the illiterate mind? The Vai, a small West African group, developed their own system of writing that flourishes today, althought no body of written literature exists and about half of those literate in Vai have never had formal schooling. Given this situation, Scribner and Cole were able to test mor than 1,000 subjects over a four-year period to measure the mental advantage of literates over nonliterates. "An ambitious and important bookambitious in scope and its continual reevaluation of aims and methods ... and important for putting heretofore unexamined presumptions regarding the gognitive effects of literacy to empirical test."Language and Society.

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