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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 24 The evolving conception of literacy in REFLECT

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 24 The evolving conception of literacy in REFLECT David Archer · Summary There is no great gulf between the written and spoken language. The experience of many REFLECT programmes has been that the There are fundamental links between literacy development of oral capacities is a crucial, and power which frame the REFLECT indeed inseparable, part of the literacy process. approach as it has evolved since 1993, linking But this does not mean that people are learning the literacy process to a wider, poverty- how to speak; rather it concerns people focused and rights-based approach to asserting their right to speak and be heard (e.g. development and change. This article attempts the ability of women to talk in contexts where, to explore our evolving conception of literacy traditionally, they would be silent, see Jellema, and the ways in which literacy is related to this issue). A literacy programme can help to power. challenge this imbalance and it is this sort of impact which is often articulated by · Introduction participants in terms of `self-confidence'. The process of globalisation is creating Another form of `communicative practice', societies in which people's level of access to which often ...

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