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An Analysis of the Different Conceptualizations in Literacy in Elliot Esner's "Cognition and Curriculum Reconsidered", BM Ferdman's "Ethnic and Minority Issues in Literacy", and Sonia Nieto's "Lessons from Students on Creating a Chance to Dream"
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Literacy Exam Essay The complications that arise when seeking a single definition of literacy are many The debate over what is literacy and what isnt is one that is of critical importance to the education of our countrys students When originally asked at the beginning of this course about what literacy is my initial response was the ability to read and write While I suppose my answer wasnt wrong it certainly wasnt entirely right either Reading and writing are certainly important aspects of any persons literacy and are therefore one of the reasons why schools test in these areas frequently However as the course progressed I came to understand that there maybe more to what I originally thought about what literacy is I came to realize that coming up with a single definition would prove to be a tedious task since there now appeared to be so many things that can be considered literacy Through reading articles pertaining to literacy and observing various settings where literacy is used I have been able to come to a better understanding of what literacy is Elliot Eisner in his book Cognition and Curriculum Reconsidered talks about forms of representation He defines forms of representation as the devices that humans use to make public conceptions that are privately held Eisner p 39 He says that these can take multiple forms ranging from oral speech to music to images Eisner gives the example of a painter who comes across a small mid-west town Eisner suggests that if the painter were to want to express his private conceptions about the town to the public he would most likely do so through the form of a painting This is important because how a person expresses their selves is founded in their own personal literacy What if the painter was asked to tell someone about the town and he was not allowed to use painting as a form of representation How
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