Community Literacy Programs and the Politics of Change

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SUNY Press, Aug 30, 2001 - Education - 199 pages
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Community Literacy Programs and the Politics of Change argues that the meaning and value of literacy is a function of specific local institutions. At the core of the book is an examination of one institution, Western District Adult Basic Education. Grabill moves between the case of Western District and literacy theory from disciplines like rhetoric, composition, education, sociology, and professional and technical writing in order to develop a theory of institutions and institutional change. The book enables researchers and teachers to locate spaces where change is possible within institutional systems and then work in those spaces to change the meaning and value of literacy.
  

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User Review  - Taylor Ellwood - Goodreads

In this book the author explores issues of literacy as an institution and how it intersects with communities and either empowers or disempowers the communities. The author does an excellent job of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Sprague - Goodreads

An entire chapter summarizing the work of others? Gee, thanks. I've already done that myself. Grabill's real trouble is that he puts himself in a position of owing something to Western District for allowing them to do his research there. We never get the harsh reality that is so obviously clear. Read full review

Contents

Disciplinary Gaps Institutional Power and Western District Adult Basic Education
1
Locating the Meaning and Value of Literacy
17
Exercising Power Who Decides Which Literacies Count?
45
Utopic Visions The Technopoor and Public Access to Networked Writing Technologies Community Literacy Programs as OnRamps
67
Community and Community Literacies
87
Participatory Institutional Design
119
Next Steps Tactics for Change
141
Notes
163
References
175
Index
193
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Jeffrey T. Grabill is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University.

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