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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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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