Literate Lives in the Information Age

Literate Lives in the Information Age

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This book chronicles the development of electronic literacies through the stories of individuals with varying backgrounds and skills. Authors Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher employ these stories to begin tracing technological literacy as it has emerged over the last few decades within the United States. They selected 20 case studies from the corpus of more than 350 people who participated in interviews or completed a technological literacy questionnaire during six years of their study. The book is organized into seven chapters that follow the 20 participants in their efforts to acquire varying degrees of technological literacy. Each chapter situates the participants' life-history accounts in the cultural ecology of the time, tracing major political, economic, social, and educational events, factors, and trends that may have influenced--and been influenced by--literacy practices and values. These literacy histories are richly sown with information that can help those in composition and writing studies situate the processes of acquiring the literacies of technology in specific cultural, material, educational, and familial contexts. These case studies provide initial clues about combinations of factors that affect--and are affected by--technological literacy acquisition and development. The first-hand accounts presented here offer, in abundant detail, everyday literacy experiences that can help educators, parents, policymakers, and writing teachers respond to today's students in more informed ways.But I remember this: They had given us instructions, you know, for what you have to key in to log on to the system and all that, and I ... Janice would succeed in this job and then go on to work in the mid-1970s first at the Cobb County Police Department where she accessed and ... and trained the others in how to use MultiMate and Multiplan, popular early word processing and spreadsheet programs.


Title:Literate Lives in the Information Age
Author: Cynthia L. Selfe, Gail E. Hawisher
Publisher:Routledge - 2004-07-21
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