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What Is Literacy and Why Is It Important?

  • Marilyn Kell
  • Peter Kell
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Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 24)

Abstract

This chapter explores a range of internationally recognised definitions and approaches to literacy and the various debates surrounding concerns about levels of literacy and proficiency. The discussion explores how literacy has shifted from traditional perspective of being an ability to read to more expansive views of competency and proficiency in a range of forms of communications. These shifts are described and include changes emerging from information technology, the globalisation of work and economic activity. In policy terms there is a growing linkage by governments between literacy and economic performance. This linkage is critically explored and the rating of nations through the performance in global international literacy testing is discussed.

Keywords

Literacy Skill Economic Mobility Literacy Achievement Autonomous Model Poor Literacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn Kell
    • 1
  • Peter Kell
    • 2
  1. 1.Charles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia

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