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The Queensland School Curriculum Council (1997) has defined literacy in simple terms as being "the ability to communicate by reading, speaking, listening and viewing". Emerging technologies are providing new challenges in the area of literacy, "with new technologies come also new genres and new opportunities to learn about the world" (Lankshear & Knobel, 1997). Evolving definitions of literacy often include all the symbol systems relevant to a particular community. " Literacy encompasses a complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture for personal and community development. In a technological society, the concept of literacy is expanding to include the media and electronic text, in addition to alphabetic and number systems.




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These abilities vary in different social and cultural contexts according to need and demand. Individuals must be given lifelong opportunities to move along a continuum that includes the reading, and writing, critical understanding and decision-making abilities they need in their community (The Centre For Literacy Of Quebec, 1997). The Australian Children's Literacy National Project Newsletter (1997) states that, "literacy refers specially to written language usage (including digitally encoded texts).

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