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Individualization and domestication in current literacy debates in Australia

Chapter


Abstract


  • Recurring in Australian educational discourse over the last ten to twenty years have been expressions of anxiety over falling literacy standards. It is notable that the nature of these expressions and the contexts in which they appear closely parallel concerns about ���literacy crises��� in other advanced industrial nations in North America and Europe-concerns that have formed one of the motifs running through the current volume. We demonstrate later in this chapter that such anxieties over literacy standards are not new in the Australian context; nonetheless, the notion of a ���literacy crisis��� has achieved a degree of legitimacy, perhaps through persistence alone, resulting in a popular view that all may not be well.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Edition


Citation


  • Freebody, P., & Welch, A. R. (2005). Individualization and domestication in current literacy debates in Australia. In Knowledge, Culture And Power: International Perspectives On Literacy As Policy And Practice (pp. 211-234). doi:10.4324/9780203974674-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781135386566

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85121186807

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Knowledge, Culture And Power: International Perspectives On Literacy As Policy And Practice

Start Page


  • 211

End Page


  • 234

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Recurring in Australian educational discourse over the last ten to twenty years have been expressions of anxiety over falling literacy standards. It is notable that the nature of these expressions and the contexts in which they appear closely parallel concerns about ���literacy crises��� in other advanced industrial nations in North America and Europe-concerns that have formed one of the motifs running through the current volume. We demonstrate later in this chapter that such anxieties over literacy standards are not new in the Australian context; nonetheless, the notion of a ���literacy crisis��� has achieved a degree of legitimacy, perhaps through persistence alone, resulting in a popular view that all may not be well.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Edition


Citation


  • Freebody, P., & Welch, A. R. (2005). Individualization and domestication in current literacy debates in Australia. In Knowledge, Culture And Power: International Perspectives On Literacy As Policy And Practice (pp. 211-234). doi:10.4324/9780203974674-16

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781135386566

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85121186807

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Knowledge, Culture And Power: International Perspectives On Literacy As Policy And Practice

Start Page


  • 211

End Page


  • 234

Place Of Publication