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By Joyce L. Harris, Alan G. Kamhi, Karen E. Pollock

ISBN-10: 080583401X

ISBN-13: 9780805834017

This quantity explores the original sociocultural contexts of literacy improvement, values, and practices in African American groups. African Americans--young and old--are usually the point of interest of public discourse approximately literacy. In a society that values a slightly refined point of literacy, they're between those people who are such a lot deprived through low literacy fulfillment. Literacy in African American Communities contributes a clean viewpoint through revealing how social heritage and cultural values converge to steer African americans' literacy values and practices, acknowledging that literacy concerns touching on this team are as distinct and intricate as this group's collective historical past.

latest literature on literacy in African American groups is sometimes segmented via age or educational self-discipline. This fragmentation obscures the cyclical, life-span results of this population's legacy of low literacy. by contrast, this e-book brings jointly in a single-source quantity own, old, developmental, and cross-disciplinary vantage issues to examine either developmental and grownup literacy from the views of schooling, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and conversation sciences and problems. As an entire, it presents very important facts that the destructive cycle of low literacy might be damaged by way of drawing at the literacy stories came across inside African American communities.

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Of importance is the idea that these are subjective interpretations that may or may not be factual, especially, for example, if the musicians cannot read musical notation, or if they are unable to demonstrate the authentic jazz “feel” in their playing. In spite of individual interpretations of what literacy means, it is generally agreed that certain common factors, such as education, socioeconomic status, and family dynamics, strongly influence beliefs about the significance and essentiality of literacy.

Today, some African Americans continue to value conveyance of the message verbally to a greater extent than through the written word. Based on established literacy standards and practices in the United States, however, it appears that verbal literacy is not as highly valued as is the ability to read and write. Consequently, this divergence of thinking on the relative importance of learning and using certain literacy types will restrict some individuals’ life chances academically, occupationally, and politically.

JLH Acknowledgments In part, this volume is based on papers presented at the 1998 Memphis Research Symposium: Focus on Communication and Literacy in African Americans, the third in a series of biennial research symposia on communication development and disorders in African American children and youth. The 1998 symposium, chaired by Karen Pollock, was the first of the series to include a life-span focus on communication and literacy. The other members of the committee were Mary Berni, Terry Douglas, Deborah Fletcher, Debra Garrett, Joyce Harris, Sharon Hill, Linette Hinton, Lennette Ivy, Iris Johnson, Alan Kamhi, Sandra Laing, Maurice Mendel, Michele Norman, Constance Qualls, Merlin Taylor, and Rebecca Weaver.

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