Literacy in American Lives
Literacy in American Lives traces the changing conditions of literacy learning over the past century as they were felt in the lives of ordinary Americans born between 1895 and 1985. The book demonstrates what sharply rising standards for literacy have meant to successive generations of Americans and how--as students, workers, parents, and citizens--they have responded to rapid changes in the meaning and methods of literacy learning in their society. Drawing on more than 80 life histories of Americans from all walks of life, the book addresses critical questions facing public education at the start of the twenty-first century.
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LITERACY OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC CHANGE
LITERACY AND ILLITERACY IN DOCUMENTARY AMERICA
ACCUMULATING LITERACY How Four Generations of One American Family Learned to Write
THE POWER OF IT Sponsors of Literacy in African American Lives
THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE Reading versus Writing in Popular Memory
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Page 11 - Each new cohort makes fresh contact with the contemporary social heritage and carries the impress of the encounter through life.
Page 11 - The members of any cohort are entitled to participate in only one slice of life — their unique location in the stream of history. Because it embodies a temporally specific version of the heritage, each cohort is differentiated from all others, despite the minimization of variability by symbolically perpetuated institutions and by hierarchically graduated structures of authority.
Page 10 - The point is that people live their lives within the material and cultural boundaries of their time span, and so life histories are exceptionally effective historical sources because through the totality of lived experience they reveal relations between individuals and social forces which are rarely apparent in other sources. Above all, the information is historical and dynamic in that it reveals changes of experience through time, as opposed to the static analysis of social surveys and statistical...
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