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21st Century Literacy

If We Are Scripted, Are We Literate?

  • Discusses literacy holistically and within the context of literacy instruction throughout the twentieth century

  • Offers the reader a comprehensive research base that is strongly tied to the practical needs and experiences of classroom teachers

  • Places the discussion of literacy within the current mandates of NCLB

  • Offers practical approaches to addressing both best practice and political mandates


Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Bureaucratic Script

    1. Renita Schmidt, P. L. Thomas
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Corporate Script

    1. P. L. Thomas
      Pages 83-95
  4. The Student Script

  5. The Parent and Public Script

  6. The Administrative Script

  7. Beyond Scripts to Literacy

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 225-245

About this book


This book offers a call to all who are involved with literacy education. It explores the prescriptions that hinder authentic and effective approaches to literacy instruction. The scripts identified here include the Bureaucratic Script, the Corporate Script, the Student Script, the Parent and Public Script, and the Administrative Script. The authors bring their classroom teaching experiences (over thirty years combined) along with their research base to a discussion of literacy spanning elementary through high school. The discussion offers the reader practical and research-based lenses for identifying and overcoming the barriers to best practice while avoiding the inherent pitfalls found too often in our schools. The implied answer to the subtitle is a definitive "No," but the text goes beyond criticizing the current state of the field and seeks to empower both teachers and students seeking literacy growth beyond the scripts that plague twenty-first century commitments to accountability and testing.


critical pedagogy education literacy literacy instruction methods policy prescription scripts teaching reform learning and instruction

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Furman UniversityGreenvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title 21st Century Literacy
  • Book Subtitle If We Are Scripted, Are We Literate?
  • Authors Renita Schmidt
    Paul Lee Thomas
  • Series Title Explorations of Educational Purpose
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-8980-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8042-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-8981-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 245
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Learning & Instruction
    Sociology of Education
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