page considers literacy in relation to readability.
is a broader historical examination elsewhere
on this site. Questions about 'digital literacy' - finding
and evaluating electronic content - are noted here.
The major research findings are that -
Measures of literacy correlate closely with measures
of intelligence and aptitude.
Measures of literacy correlate closely with the breadth
of the individual's knowledge.
Measures of literacy correlate closely to job performance.
literacy programs are highly effective in producing,
in a brief period, significant improvements in job-related
Among writing on literacy and development we recommend
Carlo Cipolla's classic Literacy & Development
in the West (Harmondsworth: Penguin 1969), the revisionist
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Class
(New Haven: Yale Uni Press 2001) by Jonathan Rose and
Jack Goody's The Interface Between the Oral & the
Written (Cambridge: Cambridge Uni Press 1987). There
is another historical perspective in Literacy &
Power in the Ancient World (Cambridge: Cambridge
Uni Press 1994) edited by Alan Bowman.
Goody'sThe Domestication of the Savage Mind (Cambridge:
Cambridge Uni Press 1977), David Olson's The World
on Paper (Cambridge: Cambridge Uni Press 1994), Ruth
Finnegan's Literacy & Orality: Studies in the Technology
of Communication (Oxford: Blackwell 1988) and Gunther
Kress' Literacy in the New Media Age (London:
Routledge 2003) are suggestive.
Recent nation by nation figures on literacy are supplied
as part of the Digital Divides
profile elsewhere on this site.
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