Alternative assessment, literacy education, and school reform

Louise C. Wilkinson, Elaine R. Silliman

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LITERACY AND THE ROLE OF LITERACY EDUCATION Literacy is more than learning to read and write. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and spelling are interrelated, since all are communicative processes. Literacy includes both oral and written communications. At one level, being literate is a confirmation of the social identity as a full participant in a community. In addition, since language transcends immediate temporal and spatial constraints, it is a potentially powerful metacognitive tool for creating, understanding, and revising ideas about the world. This chapter presents an analysis of literacy and its assessment in the context of American education reform, particularly with regard to the systemic school reform movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781135603700
ISBN (Print)9780805853797
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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