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By Trevor Cairney

This article acknowledges that there's no easy method to boost literacy. It starts off with the primary premise that literacy isn't easily a cognitive technique, yet a collection of social practices utilized in socio-cultural contexts, and argues that literacy inexperienced persons come to college with designated social histories that must be regarded within the programmes devised to facilitate studying. Cairney claims that literacy isn't a unitary social perform and means that there are various sorts of literacy, every one with particular reasons and contexts within which they're used. the writer offers a glance on the many functional school room techniques and practices which are essential to realize a number of pathways to literacy.

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How important is it within the lives of the children I teach? 22 Making Connections: The Importance of Community to Literacy Learning The social construction of meaning In Chapter 1 I argued that meaning is constructed within rich social contexts. In essence, classrooms are places where students encounter a complex range of texts which interact with one another as students, read, write, view, say or listen to them that is, an 'intertextual' world of constantly interacting meanings. The concept of intertextuality is simply the process of interpreting one text by means of a previously composed (read or written) text (Barthes, 1979; de Beaugrande, 1980; Kristeva, 1980).

Literacy was being learned as children related to each other, meaning was being created within a complex community of relationships. Susan's classroom demonstrated many of the social elements of literacy that I want to explore in the rest of this chapter. Knowledge, thought and learning are intrinsically social or collaborative (Kuhn, 1970; Vygotsky, 1978). One cannot discuss the reading and writing processes without recognizing the inherent social aspects of these processes. The recognition and acceptance of literacy as a social process should change us and empower us as teachers to transform our classrooms.

The recognition and acceptance of literacy as a social process should change us and empower us as teachers to transform our classrooms. It should enable us to create classroom environments where children take control of their own learning. This view of literacy should lead to fresh insights, and different teaching methods, methods that recognize that literacy is inherently social. Reading and writing involve social relationships A concern for the social nature of literacy should lead to a recognition that reading and writing events involve social relationships.

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