Part A: The 'Why' of Literacies

"Our narrative of this chapter centers around a brief history of human systems of meaning" (22).

"What is the role of literacies learning in the knowledge society. How is that tug-of-war playing out in reality as well as in teaching and learning practices" (42).

Part A explores how technology has transformed literacy and our ability to construct meaning using spoken language, writing, photography, and electronic text. This section also explores how literacy and communication changed teaching practices as schools try to prepare learners for the "real world" and citizenship.

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