The Value of Literacy Practices

Esposito, Lucio, Kebede, Bereket and Maddox, Bryan (2015) The Value of Literacy Practices. Compare: Journal of Comparative and International Education, 45 (3). pp. 363-380. ISSN 1469-3623

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Abstract

The concepts of literacy events and practices have received considerable attention in educational research and policy. In comparison, the question of value, that is, ‘which literacy practices do people most value?’ has been neglected. With the current trend of cross-cultural adult literacy assessment, it is increasingly important to recognise locally valued literacy practices. In this paper we argue that measuring preferences and weighting of literacy practices provides an empirical and democratic basis for decisions in literacy assessment and curriculum development and could inform rapid educational adaptation to changes in the literacy environment. The paper examines the methodological basis for investigating literacy values and its potential to inform cross-cultural literacy assessments. The argument is illustrated with primary data from Mozambique. The correlation between individual values and respondents’ socio-economic and demographic characteristics is explored.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: literary practices,values,weighting,mozambique
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 23:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48384
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2013.862019

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