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Investigación bibliotecológica

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RODRIGUEZ GALLARDO, Adolfo. Defining reading, literacy and other related concepts. Investig. bibl [online]. 2007, vol.21, n.42, pp.143-175. ISSN 2448-8321.

For some time now, but particularly during the last century, literacy and reading have been objects of interest for the academic community and international agencies. This situation has brought into the open the existence of different approaches to the definition of literacy and reading, especially once their influence on socioeconomic development and its link with basic human rights have been recognized. This paper analyses the meaning of such terms as literacy and reading, as well as how these have changed throughout history as products of the development of civilization. It shows that these terms are not only important in themselves but also inasmuch as their measurement varies according to the definition chosen.

Palabras clave : Reading; Literacy; Illiteracy; Literate; Illiterate; Writing.

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