Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What does it mean to be literate in the C21st?

In Intelligence Reframed Howard Gardner contends that "literacies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes." Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data. They learn tochoose and modify their own communication based on the rhetorical situation. Point of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium.

21st Century LIteracies -  do we explicitly teach these as skills?  What role does the library play in supporting these literacies? 

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