Preparing individuals for twenty first century citizenship for pluralist, global democracies means redefining literacy and acquiring skills that go beyond reading and writing, especially in the digital age. Western notions of literacy have been primarily text based and tend to devalue and exclude cultures which emphasize oral tradition, observational skills, and non Western modes of discourse, often characteristic of immigrant populations. Since schooling is the primary vehicle for literacy development, educators must find ways of creating meaningful literacy environments that connect theoretical foundations of literacy with concrete examples which link to life experiences and allow learners to find voice. Multicultural literature, especially personal narratives of people from different backgrounds and experiences, provide an opportunity for citizens to understand the world, self reflect, define themselves, and find their own voices. In this session, the authors will attempt to define literacy skills for the digital age, including theoretical perspectives and strategies for effective participation in pluralistic democratic societies.
|Keywords:||Democracy, Diversity, Globalization, Literacy, Literature|
Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA
Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA
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