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Literacy, Culture and Development
Becoming Literate in Morocco

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  • Date Published: April 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521391320

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  • Literacy is thought to be one of the primary cultural transmitters of information and beliefs within any society where it exists. Yet, when considered as a social phenomenon, literacy is remarkably difficult to define, because its functions, meanings, and methods of learning vary from one cultural group to the next. This book compares and contrasts our understanding of literacy and its acquisition and retention. It addresses major debates in education policy today, such as the importance of 'mother-tongue' literacy programs, the notion of literacy 'relapse', and the concept of educational poverty. The author focuses on Moroccan children whose parents are unschooled, whose language is often different from that used in the classroom, and whose first instruction often involves rote religious teaching.

    • Daniel Wagner has extensive experience in national and international education issues, including, working as an advisor to the US Department of Education, USAID, UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank
    • Wide interdisciplinary appeal
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    • Date Published: April 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521391320
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus. 45 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Domains, questions and directions
    2. Language and literacy in Morocco
    3. The cultural context of schooling
    4. Doing fieldwork in Morocco
    5. Learning to read in Arabic
    6. Social factors in literacy acquisition
    7. Beliefs and literacy
    8. Learning to read in a second language and second literacy
    9. Functional literacy: school learning and everyday skills
    10. School dropout and literacy retention: out of school, out of mind?
    11. Literacy and poverty
    12. Linking research and policy
    13. Becoming literate: concluding thoughts
    Photo-essay on literacy in Morocco
    References
    Appendices.

  • Author

    Daniel A. Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

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