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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.
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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]
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(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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Social Literacies: Critical Approaches to Literacy in Development, Ethnography, and Education.
Implications from the new literacies perspective extend those described in my last column on information literacy.
Guide teachers to represent their current understandings of and attitudes towards new literacies. Based on other professional development projects focused on the integration of new literacies into literacy programs, I suggest framing initial discussions around these points: a) the relationship between traditional and new literacies; b) which curriculum area(s) new literacies belong in; c) what pedagogy of new literacies looks like.
Develop or find lessons that are relevant to the students and curriculum in your school that illustrate each of the four major competency areas of new literacies (locating, comprehending and evaluating online information, and critical analysis of information).
1998, Local Literacies: Reading and Writing in One Community, Routledge, London.
1990, Social Linguistics and Literacies. Ideology in Discourses, Falmer Press, London.
1995, Social Literacies: Critical Approaches to Literacy in Development, Ethnography and Education, Longman, London.
A: If teachers are expected to pass along these new literacies to their students, they themselves must become literate in ...
Here is the basic problem--state assessments do not include any of the new literacies I envision as central to our students' success.
Actively seek knowledge about students' home and community literacies. In collaboration with classroom teachers, keep home-based literacy portfolios.
Although family literacy research and its implications may appear to apply only to educators teaching early grades, I believe all teachers need to be literate about their students' family and community literacies.Those students who struggle in the later grades can still have a chance of expanding their literacies if we can bridge the gap between home/community and school literacy.
Many families, many literacies: An international declaration of principles.