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Re-defining Post-Literacy in a Changing World

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... The role and value of using ICT in sustaining and continuing literacy learning has various dimensions (Rogers, Maddox et al 1999). Benefits which have been identified include the motivational effect of writing on the internet, the opportunity for inexpensive distribution of large amounts of material, the spontaneous formation of international study circles, relating to a constructivist approach to sharing and valuing alternative wisdoms, and economies of recent printing technologies. ...
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