Characterizing Literacy
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Characterizing Literacy

A Study of Western and Indian Literacy Experiences

  • R Narasimhan - CMC National Fellow in Information Technology, Bangalore


© 2004 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
BACK
Literacy has always been considered a pre-requisite for a modernizing society. The bases of this belief, and its full ramifications, however, have not been adequately researched in the Indian context. The book raises some crucial issues attached integrally with literacy-modernization thesis and makes a case for broader and deeper Indian studies in the field, involving interdisciplinary talent and methods.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Literacy Studies
A Brief Summary  
Criticisms  
The Book  
PART TWO: CHARACTERIZING LITERACY
The Literacy Hypothesis and Criticisms
Characterizing Literacy
Some General Considerations  
Characterizing Literacy
Cognitive  
Considerations
PART THREE: THW ORAL DIMENSION IN INDIAN TRADITION
The Vedic Tradition
Performing Arts
Tabla Playing  
Folk Practices and Craft Skills
Appendix to Chapter 3
Orality and Literacy of the Vedas  
PART FOUR: LITERACY AND SCHOOLING
Testing the Language Skills of School Children
The Role of Reflective Thinking in Education
The Two Roles of Language
Strengthening Discourse Skills
A Preparation for Literacy  
Appendix to Chapter 4
Details of Language Tests Administered to Grade 5 - Version 1  
Details of Language Tests Administered to Grade 5 - Version 2  
Details of Language Tests Administered to Grade 10  
PART FIVE: OPEN PROBLEMS: INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
Institutionalization of Literacy Practices
Literacy and the Instructional Process
Promoting Literacy Studies in India

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