Literacy, Culture, and Development : Becoming Literate in Morocco

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Literacy, Culture, and Development : Becoming Literate in Morocco

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 367 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521398138
  • DDC分類 302.2244

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Literacy is thought to be one of the primary cultural transmitters of information and beliefs within any society where it exists. Yet, when considered as a social phenomenon, literacy is remarkably difficult to define, because its functions, meanings, and methods of learning vary from one cultural group to the next. This book compares and contrasts our understanding of literacy and its acquisition and retention. It addresses major debates in education policy today, such as the importance of 'mother-tongue' literacy programs, the notion of literacy 'relapse', and the concept of educational poverty. The author focuses on Moroccan children whose parents are unschooled, whose language is often different from that used in the classroom, and whose first instruction often involves rote religious teaching.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Domains, questions and directions
2. Language and literacy in Morocco
3. The cultural context of schooling
4. Doing fieldwork in Morocco
5. Learning to read in Arabic
6. Social factors in literacy acquisition
7. Beliefs and literacy
8. Learning to read in a second language and
second literacy
9. Functional literacy: school learning and
everyday skills
10. School dropout and literacy retention: out
of school, out of mind? 11. Literacy and poverty
12. Linking research and policy
13. Becoming literate: concluding thoughts
Photo-essay on literacy in Morocco
References
Appendices.