ISSN: 0799-1487

Teaching and Defining Literacy Through a Sociocultural Lens

Kemoy Shureen Edwards

This paper analyses literacy by discussing the cultural, cognitive, historical and political factors involved. The first section of the paper discusses the link between literacy and culture, presents Freire’s (2005) perspectives on the true meaning of literacy and examines the link between culture and subculture of texts and writers. The second section examines the link between literacy and cognition and the relevance of Bloom’s taxonomy by emphasising the importance of higher order skills and levels of comprehension. These are then linked to the cognitive capacity of students and critical literacy. The third section examines Bourdieu’s (1984) cultural capital and Bowles and Gintis (1976) emphasis on the indelible link between ideology and literacy. The fourth section examines Gee’s (2008) d/Discourses. The article culminates in a final word on the sociocultural definition of literacy which guarantees numerous intellectual benefits (Langer 1987). The conclusion summarises the arguments.
Section: Articles
Issue: Number 24