This the blog for a course titled “Uses of Literacy” at the University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2012.

In this course, we will explore what literacy is beyond simply reading and writing. We’ll visit literacy enacted in different contexts and historical periods to explore deceptively simple questions: What is literacy? How is it used in the world?

As we consider what literacy is, we will encounter theories of how literacy is learned, how it is distributed across various populations, and how it has changed throughout history. We will be in theoretical as well as practical dialogue with others as we read literacy scholarship and talk with people about their literacy development and practices.

The goal is for all of us to leave this class with an enhanced understanding of how we and others use literacy in the world so that we might better teach it and practice it in the future.

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