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Technology and literacy in the twenty-first century : the importance of paying attention / Cynthia L. Selfe ; with a foreword by Hugh Burns.

By: Selfe, Cynthia L, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Studies in writing & rhetoric: Publisher: Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, c1999Description: xxiii, 182 p. 23 cm.ISBN: 0809322692 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780809322695 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Computers and literacy -- United States | Technological literacy -- United States | Literacy -- Social aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Technology and literacy in the twenty-first century.DDC classification: 371.33/4 LOC classification: LC149.5 | .S45 1999
Contents:
Literacy and technology linked -- The problem of polemic -- The role of government -- The role of education -- The role of business and industry -- The role of parents -- The role of ideology -- Paying attention to technology, learning about literacy -- Working for a change.
Review: "Part critique of existing policy and practice, part call-to-action, Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-First Century explores the complex linkage between technology and literacy that has come to characterize American culture and its public educational system at the end of the twentieth century." "To provide a specific case study of this complex cultural formation, Cynthia L. Selfe discusses the Technology Literacy Challenge, an official, federally sponsored literacy project begun in 1996 that has changed - at fundamentally important levels - the definition of literacy and the practices recognized as constituting literate behavior in America. Selfe tries to identify the effects of this new literacy agenda, focusing specifically on what she calls "serious and shameful" inequities it fosters in our culture and in the public education system: among them, the continuing presence of racism, poverty, and illiteracy."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-176) and index.

Literacy and technology linked -- The problem of polemic -- The role of government -- The role of education -- The role of business and industry -- The role of parents -- The role of ideology -- Paying attention to technology, learning about literacy -- Working for a change.

"Part critique of existing policy and practice, part call-to-action, Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-First Century explores the complex linkage between technology and literacy that has come to characterize American culture and its public educational system at the end of the twentieth century." "To provide a specific case study of this complex cultural formation, Cynthia L. Selfe discusses the Technology Literacy Challenge, an official, federally sponsored literacy project begun in 1996 that has changed - at fundamentally important levels - the definition of literacy and the practices recognized as constituting literate behavior in America. Selfe tries to identify the effects of this new literacy agenda, focusing specifically on what she calls "serious and shameful" inequities it fosters in our culture and in the public education system: among them, the continuing presence of racism, poverty, and illiteracy."--BOOK JACKET.

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Selfe defines technological literacy as "a complex set of socially and culturally situated values, practices, and skills involved in operating linguistically within the context of electronic environments ... and the linking of technology and literacy as fundamental levels of both conception and social practice." Further she argues that "electronic communication environments have become essential parts of our cultural understanding of what it means to be literate." Selfe contends that when technology-literacy issues are viewed as either "boon or bane," people fail to pay attention to the complexities of the issues. She documents the roles of government, education, business and industry, parents, and ideology in shaping current views of technology and literacy and their interconnectedness. People of color, the poor, and the illiterate are being left further behind as the nation adopts a definition of literacy that includes technological literacy. Selfe urges educators (classroom teachers, preservice and in-service teachers of teachers, and teachers in public libraries and community centers) to speak out about the needs of the poor and the illiterate. She concludes that "by paying some attention to technology, we may become better humanists as well." B. L. Nourie; Illinois State University

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Cynthia L. Selfe is a professor of composition and communication at Michigan Technological University. She is the coeditor (with Gail E. Hawisher) of Literacy, Technology, and Society: Confronting the Issues.

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