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Informatics The ability to read and write. See Digital literacy Medical communication The ability to read and understand written text, instructions and medically relevant materials. See health literacy, Science literacy.


Ability of a person to read, write, and speak English, and to solve problems sufficiently well to function in a job and in society.
[L. littera, letter]


(lit′ĕ-răt) [L. litteratus, marked with letters]
Being able to read and write, and to use written language as in understanding graphs, charts, tables, maps, symbols, and formulas. literacy (-ră-sē)

number literacy

The ability of patients to understand their lab values and make lifestyle adjustments accordingly.
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A Review of the 'Digital Turn' in the New Literacy Studies.
In contrast, the authors foreground four current theoretical frameworks: New Literacy Studies (literacy as social practice), Critical Literacy (literacy as political practice), New Technologies and Literacy (literacy as technology-mediated practice) and Sociocultural-Historical theory (literacy as changing cultural/historical participation), that underpin the subsequent chapters of this book.
This is the territory and more generally the claim that is now customarily associated with the New Literacy Studies, and within this, with notions such as 'critical literacy', 'multiliteracies' and 'situated literacies'--fields typically associated with broad social justice agendas and socially critical curricula, but not necessarily connected to place or the environment.