Language use and literacy

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Rethinking research and responsibility for language use and literacy

Literacy: an ecological view

Just as we cannot fully understand a single organism in isolation, so we cannot understand any particular phenomenon of literacy or illiteracy. We must take the system as a whole, and examine the relationships between the literate and the illiterate, between writers and readers, and between all these and the political, economic and social environment in which we are all to be found and within which we interact.

The literacy environment

…it is possible to think of literacy as a series of interdependencies, much in the way that an ecologist would look at the interdependence of organisms within an ecosystem. Within the literacy environment, there is minimally an interdependency between writers and readers…

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