What Is Literacy?

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What Is Literacy?

Post  BenPaul on Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:06 am

Before defining Literacy James Paul Gee found it important to define discourse. Gee says that discourse is an association among ways of language, thinking, and of acting that can be used to identify oneself as a member of a socially meaningful group or a social network. After Gee defines discourse he starts to talk about Literacy. Gee defines literacy as being control of secondary use of language. He says we can break literacy into two parts, dominant and powerful literacy. Dominant literacy is control of a secondary use of language used in a dominant discourse. Powerful literacy is control as a secondary use of language used in a secondary discourse that can serve as a meta-discourse to critique the primary discourse of other secondary discourses, including dominant discourses.

When I first thought about Literacy it always seemed very simple (Basic ability to read and write). But Gee dives so much deeper into the meaning of the word. Gee says that it should be second nature, not just the ability to read the letters on a page, literacy should be second nature. He says it should be effortless to put the letters together to create meaning.


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