Friday, July 20, 2007

Multiple Literacies

Every literacy, if developed, occurs in context. We must have prior knowledge in order to understand the symbols. Mathematical literacy may look like an algebraic expression, but we must have arithmetical literacy in order to comprehend. Typed letters may be arranged in a foreign language, but we must possess prior knowledge of the components, or most of them, to have language literacy.
The same is true for digital literacy. We must have some fore knowledge of the technology in order to be fluent in it.
There are many individual literacies, each with their own language. But how are these literacies tied together? What is the over-arching metacognitive literacy that must be possessed in order to gain fluency in any one or more of them? Could it be passion for learning?
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