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A Literacy Integral Definition

A Literacy Integral Definition
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Author(s): Norelkys Espinoza Matheus (University of Los Andes, Venezuela) and MariCarmen Pérez Reyes (University of Los Andes, Venezuela)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 5
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch389

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Abstract

Due to the lack of a unique definition of literacy and the need for redefining this conception in a context characterized by the changes generated by the inclusion of new technologies in all aspects of the society, this explicative research article is oriented toward proposing a definition of literacy from an integral conception which is based on three main kinds of literacy: functional, informational and ethical. This integral conception must orient the basic contents in the school curricula in all current educational models, mainly at the university level. We consider that knowledge is unique; it should not be divided into pieces. Therefore, it is necessary to integrate the new technologies, from this new paradigm, in the contents of the school curricula. The present article compiles some general considerations about literacy, proposes a new definition of literacy from an integral conception, as well as each one of its components.

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