Working Papers on Literacy

Cognitive Tools and the Acquisition of Literacy (2001)

Working Paper No. 5

This is the fifth paper published by The Centre for Literacy in its Working Papers on Literacy series that presents new perspectives on literacy-related topics relevant to researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The author's thesis is that our understanding of the world and our acquisition of literacy are shaped by a set of cognitive capacities or "tools" that are present in oral cultures and expand in the early stages of literacy.

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2002-08-06

Ending the Myth of the ‘Literacy Myth' (1997)

This article presents a response to critiques of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). It addresses the misconceptions of certain researchers about the relationship between literacy and other characteristics of individuals and societies.

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1997-01-01

The Persisting Power and Costs of the Literacy Myth (1995)

This article comments on "Literacy, Economy and Society: Results of the First International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)." Topics include Themes in IALS, Problems with IALS, Contextualizing Literacy, Literacy Practices, Cultural Bias & Test Items, and more.

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1995-01-01

Literacy, Economy and Society: A Review (1996)

This article critically examines the cultural bias of the International Adult Literacy Survey.

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1990-01-01
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