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"Literacy and the Other"

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  • Don Osborn
    FYI... I requested an abstract from Prof. Allan Luke of a recent article he published on literacy research and policy and he very kindly forwarded the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2003
      FYI... I requested an abstract from Prof. Allan Luke of a recent
      article he published on literacy research and policy and he very
      kindly forwarded the following.

      Don Osborn
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      Literacy and the Other:
      A sociological aopproach to literacy research and policy in
      multilingual societies

      Allan Luke
      National Institute of Education, Singapore
      Aluke@...

      Reading Research Quarterly 38:1, 132-141

      This essay discusses the shape, intents and possibilities for state
      and national literacy education policies that begin from a focus on
      the social facts of cultural and linguistic diversity, new economic
      and cutlrual configurations. It argues that the current policy
      positions in the US are limited in their capacities to deal with
      cultural and economic globalisation, and the attendant demographic
      and economic realities. Yet current 'evidence-based' educational and
      social policies are not erroneous in and of themselves. Rather they
      are narrow in their scope and their concentration on narrow
      psychometric definitions of literacy and schooling achievement.
      Drawing on experience in government policy formation in Australia
      and on recent developments in Indigenous communities, the author
      argues for a richer social scientific evidence base for the making
      of literacy policy, one that draws upon data about social change and
      population change, about changing job and market requirements, about
      shifts to multilingual, service and 'semiotic' work orders, and on
      changing community practices. Using Bourdieu's theories of capital,
      it is argued that a more effective literacy and education policy can
      only work if it sits within an overall social and economic policy,
      one would bring together a range of different kinds of capital -
      economic, social, cultural, symbolic and ecological - to generate
      appreciable changes in communitities' and individuals' pathways.



      Professor Allan Luke
      Dean
      Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice
      National Institute of Education
      Nanyang Technological University
      Singapore 637616
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