In pursuit of literacy Public Deposited

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  • My teaching experiences raised questions about the nature of literacy, especially about its relationship with education and schooling. Common sense, straightforward definitions of literacy failed to address those questions adequately, and that inadequacy led to the study which culminates in this thesis. In Pursuit of Literacy focuses on literacy in order to explore answers to those questions. It does so first by establishing a problematized understanding of literacy, then by examining research into the implications of such an understanding, and finally by analyzing the historical link between literacy and schooling in the United States with that understanding as a basis. This thesis arrives at its initial problematized understanding by considering historical and contemporary definitions of literacy and standards for measuring it, revealing that context plays a central role in these definitions and standards. This work then posits a literacy uncertainty principle, analogous to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle in physics, emphasizing the definer's role and purpose as necessary elements in any understanding of literacy itself. A view of literacy as a contextualized human activity rather than an abstract and narrowly defined concept emerges from this problematization. This study then examines some implications of this view. Three metaphors commonly identified with literacy provide a basis for analyzing these implications. Finally, literacy as schooling, a fourth metaphor is considered in an historical context, tracing possible sources of confusion between the demands of schooling and those of literacy. The conclusions drawn here help clarify the relationship between schools and literacy.
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