[2]Digital LIteracy, Info Evalutation

[2]Digital LIteracy, Info Evalutation - Module 2 Literacy...

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Module 2: Literacy, Information Evaluation, & Digital Literacy In this section we will examine what is generally meant by the term "literacy" and how it relates to the online world of information. Literacy What is normally meant by the term "literacy?" Historically, literacy has referred to the ability to read and to write the language of one's culture or country of origin. This term has been in a state of flux for some time, however, as the importance of literacy increases along with the complexity of society and the development of information technologies. "Literacy" now includes the concepts of numeracy, cultural literacy, and increasingly, digital literacy. This module will briefly examine each. Historically, literacy was not always considered vital to everyday life. In most of Europe and Asia, the ability to read and write was confined to a small number of scholars and scribes, whose abilities were available for hire for those who did not possess that level of education. It is only comparatively recently (post-Gutenberg) that individual literacy has been deemed of enough importance to warrant free or low-cost public education for private citizens. Rates of literacy vary worldwide, and unsurprisingly, higher levels of income correlate with increased public literacy. Literacy as the ability to read and comprehend the written language of one's native language has expanded in the so-called "information age." In addition to basic reading and writing skills, literacy has now come to include the ability to locate sources of needed information, critically evaluate these sources, and to apply found information to situations in daily life. Worldwide, many adults cannot write a cohesive paragraph or interpret a public transportation map. A lack of literacy can significantly undermine an individual's ability to find employment or to earn a living wage. This disadvantage becomes more pronounced in societies that rely less on manual labor and manufacturing than on technology-related professions. In countries that are not economically dependent on manufacturing and agriculture, illiteracy often equates to poverty. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________ Numeracy If literacy is the ability to functionally read and write, numeracy is the ability to competently use basic mathematics in everyday life. Examples include making correct change while shopping, budgeting money for regular bills, and balancing a checkbook. As e-commerce becomes more widespread, innumeracy becomes a greater area of concern. Innumerate Internet users are at a disadvantage in using online financial services such as shopping and banking, and they are more susceptible to online fraud. Innumeracy begins at the public school level and progresses throughout all stages of
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2009 for the course INF 304w taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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[2]Digital LIteracy, Info Evalutation - Module 2 Literacy...

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