How Much is Enough: The Question for Basic Literacy Providers

Ellen Errington
Volume
34
Issue
1

Date of publication:

June 30, 2003

Pages
-
133
142

A basic concern for adult literacy providers is "how much is enough." In beginning to answer that question, this paper defines literacy in three ways: functional literacy, cultural literacy, and critical literacy. A second dimension to answering the question deals with the assumptions about how literacy skills will be used once they are attained. Thirdly, the community and linguistic contexts for literate practice will be considered. The author concludes that the answer to the question posed lies in one's basic assumptions about literate practice.

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