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    Functional Literacy

    Fond Illusions and False Economies

    Kenneth Levine
    Adult basic education has been profoundly influenced since World War II by the concept of functional literacy. Behind its superficial appeal, however, lies a tangle of flawed assumptions and ambiguities. In this paper, British sociologist Kenneth Levine provides a critique of the existing notion and suggests a new approach that locates literacy competencies in their social context.

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    Fall 1982 Issue

    Abstracts

    Functional Literacy
    Fond Illusions and False Economies
    Kenneth Levine
    Yeshiva Shock Waves
    David Kuechle
    Peasant Consciousness Under Peruvian Military Rule
    Erwin H. Epstein
    Thinking About Bilingual Education
    A Critical Appraisal
    Ricardo Otheguy
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