Intellective and Personality Factors in Literacy

  • Robert C. Calfee
  • Robert G. Curley
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Few accomplishments are more critical for life in modern society than acquiring literacy: the capacity to use language to think and to solve problems in social settings. Handling print—reading and writing—is an important facet of literacy, but this capability is ancillary to the broader achievement of a formal linguistic register, the conventions and strategies governing discourse in traditional situations (de Castell, Luke, & Egan, 1986; Tuman, 1987; Freedman & Calfee, 1984). By this definition, literacy and its precursors are found in all cultures and societies, past and present.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert C. Calfee
    • 1
  • Robert G. Curley
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationSan Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA

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