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EDUC 203 (Building and Enhancing New Literacies Across the Curriculum)

What is Global Literacy?

Global Literacy aims to address issues of globalization, racism, diversity and social justice (Guo, 2014). It requires
awareness and action, consistent with a broad understanding of humanity, the planet, and the impact of human
decision on both. Global Literacy also aims to empower students with knowledge and take action to make a positive
impact in the world and their local community (Guo, 2014).

According to the Ontario Ministry of Education (2015) A global citizen should display most or all of the following

Respect for humans no matter their race, gender, religion or political perspectives.

Respect for diversity and various perspectives.

Promoting sustainable patterns of living, consumption, and production.

Appreciate the natural world and demonstrate respectful towards the rights of all living things.

What is Multicultural Literacy?

Multicultural Literacy consists of the skills and ability to identify the creators of knowledge and their interests (Banks,
1996), to uncover the assumptions of knowledge, to view knowledge from diverse ethnic and cultural perspective,
and to use knowledge to guided action that will create a humane and just world (Boutte, 2008).

Multicultural Literacy then, brings attention to diversity, equity and social justice to foster cultural awareness by
addressing difficult issues like discrimination and oppression towards other ethnicities (Boutte, 2008). According to
Boutte (2008) education for multicultural literacy should help students to develop the 21st century skills and attitudes
that are needed to become active citizens who will work towards achieving social justice within our communities.
Because of the growing racial, language and ethnic diversity in our country, Multicultural Literacy needs to be
transformed in substantial ways to prepare students to function effectively in the 21st Century (Boutte, 2008).

By making small changes within the classrooms, it can create big changes globally (Boutte, 2008). As diversity
grows, there is a need for the emergence of multicultural education that is more representative of the students in
today’s classrooms. By teaching students to be advocates for multiculturalism, we are also sending a message of
empathy and tolerance in schools as a need to develop deeper understanding of others and appreciation of different
cultures (Banks, 2003). With this being said, in order for students to develop these attitudes and skills, it requires
basic knowledge prior to teaching students how to question assumptions about cultural knowledge and how to
critique and critically think about these important cultural issues, which is what essentially makes Multicultural
Literacy a 21stCentury Literacy (Banks, 2003).

How are Multicultural and Global Literacy Interconnected?

Every classroom contains students of different race, religion, and cultural groups. Students embrace diverse
behaviors, cultural values, patterns of practice, and communication. Yet they all share one commonality: their
educational opportunity (Guo, 2014).
Teachers should teach their students that other cultures exist and that these deserve to be acknowledged and
respected. Integrating a variety of cultural context into lessons and activities, teaches students to view the world from
many angles, creates a respect for diversity and enables students to learn exciting information. As classrooms
become increasingly more diverse, it is important for educators to acknowledge an address diversity issues and to
integrate multiculturalism information into the classroom curriculum (Guo, 2014).

What is Social literacy?

From the perspective of the social-cultural theory, is more than the ability to read and write, and more than
mastering literacy skills. Children can learn literacythrough social interaction between themselves and children and/or
adults in or outside school.

What is Media Literacy?

• It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms - from print to video
to the Internet.
• Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-
expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.

What is Financial Literacy?

is the education and understanding of various financial areas including topics related to managing personal finance,
money and investing. This topic focuses on the ability to manage personal finance matters in an efficient manner,
and it includes the knowledge of making appropriate decisions about personal finance such as investing, insurance,
real estate, paying for college, budgeting, retirement and tax planning.

What is Cyber Literacy?

It means the ability to use computer technologies effectively and to simultaneously understand the implications of
those actions. It is also important to know where to go to find reliable and accurate resources in cyberspace,
otherwise known as cyber intelligence. The word understanding is key here, as it goes beyond knowing how to use
the technology but to have a consciousness of one’s actions.

What is Eco-Literacy?

Ecoliteracy is the ability to understand the natural systems that make life on earth possible.

Ecoliteracy is the power that comes from the knowledge and consciousness of how nature’s living systems operate.
To be ecoliterate means understanding the principles of organization of ecological communities, collaboration, and
using these principles for creating sustainable human communities. Ecoliteracy takes place when we humans let
Nature become our teacher. Ecoliteracy takes place when we form a legacy by passing our knowledge and our
ecoliterate worldview on to other members of our community.

What is Creative literacy?

It is a concept that looks beyond sitting with a book. It is a “holistic” approach, in that it incorporates activities that can
strengthen reading skills, but are more focused on broader learning. In many cases it is an activity that on the surface
doesn’t even look like it’s related to literacy or learning to read. A couple quick examples:
Holding crayons helps develop fine motor skills later used for writing.

Drawing is a way to visually represent ideas and stories. Kids can build entire stories around a single object they
drew. Scribble has meaning to them, too.

Singing songs (especially rhyming ones) reinforce letter sounds and build vocabulary.