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
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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ISBN: 9780761998297