Socio-Cultural Approaches to Literacy (Literacies)

  title={Socio-Cultural Approaches to Literacy (Literacies)},
  author={James Paul Gee},
  journal={Annual Review of Applied Linguistics},
  pages={31 - 48}
  • J. Gee
  • Published 1 March 1991
  • Education
  • Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
There has emerged, over the last decade or so, a fairly cohesive body of work centered around a socio-cultural approach to literacy (e.g., Cazden 1988, Cook-Gumperz 1986, Gee 1990, Graff 1987, Heath 1983, Pattison 1982, Scollon and Scollon 1981, Street 1984). This work argues that the traditional view of literacy as a private mental possession which can be quantified and measured in terms of discrete decontextualized skills is deeply inadequate. To see why this is so, consider the following… 

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