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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n literacy the ability to read and write
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Literacy State of being literate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n literacy The state of being literate; knowledge of letters; ability to read and write; possession of education; also, condition with reference to education: opposed to illiteracy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Literacy state of being literate:—opp. to Illiteracy
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. literarius.


In literature:

Hundreds of teachers staffed scores of schools and brought some degree of literacy and job skills to thousands of pupils.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
At the lowest level of literacy were ballads.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The literacy test was inserted by the House but was rejected by the Senate.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
What the census calls literacy is often very shallow.
"The Negro Problem" by Booker T. Washington, et al.
Another hopeful sign was the steadily increasing literacy of the masses.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
The literacy test and the tests and restrictions which accompany it constitute an even more radical change in the policy of the Nation.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
Another requirement (at least in the period before radio and television) is general literacy.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
With its literacy similes, its English, its artificial diction, it is a patch of cheap silk upon honest homespun.
"Robert Burns" by William Allan Neilson
Sweden, Florida compared with, viii, 182; literacy of, viii, 181.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
But the Brahmans had the monopoly not only of the sacred Sanskrit literature, but practically of any kind of literacy or education.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
In other words, literacy is taken for granted.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
The proportion of literacy among Hindus and Sikhs is three times as great as among Muhammadans.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Virginia based the suffrage on property, literacy, or poll-tax in 1902.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
It is probable that all the countries in temperate zones will have universal literacy by the end of the century.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
One in the Senate requiring a literacy test only was not reported.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
As a result, the literacy rate in Bulgaria was one of the lowest in Europe at the time of liberation in 1878.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Before World War II the literacy rate in Romania ranked among the lowest in Europe.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The literacy qualification is one that can be acquired by effort.
"Races and Immigrants in America" by John R. Commons
But for this, she would have grown up too ignorant to pass the very simplest literacy test.
"Superwomen" by Albert Payson Terhune
Education, schooling, becomes a necessity; literacy an end.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In news:

Some of the credit for the right answers goes to literacy coaches, who help students with the skill.
Discover how C-SPAN Classroom's free primary source materials on Congress, Campaign 2012, and public affairs enhance social studies curriculums and cultivate students' literacy, technology and research skills.
It's an issue that has preoccupied me for a long time, so I am delighted to announce the establishment of a Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI.
We will also conduct research on a variety of civic literacy issues.
Taylor will host a live classroom webcast on October 24 in partnership with Scholastic's Read Every Day global literacy campaign.
Karen Garrity from the Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force on the Q-Wake Up Crew morning show.
Karen Garrity – Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force.
I think it is important to increase scientific literacy.
The Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute.
Literacy Support Tools Help Students Perform Better.
Cash Mob supports local businesses to benefit Mid-South Literacy.
Cash Mob strikes in Memphis' Cooper -Young neighborhood to benefit Mid-South Literacy.
Literacy to be core of state teaching.
The shifts in literacy instruction envisioned by the Common Core State Standards are among the biggest in recent decades.
And they're far-reaching: All but four states have adopted the literacy guidelines.

In science:

This may be due to various reasons such as ignorance of parents about the importance of education for their children with disabilities, mobility problem of the children with disabilities, economic problem of their families and so on. The overall literacy level of the persons with disabilities is 46 percent.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The present article provides a summary of that survey and presents fourteen lessons from the physics-education reform effort that may assist the general upgrading of education and science literacy.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
KEY WORDS: physics education, education reform, education research, interactive engagement, science literacy, cognitive science. ______________________________________________________________________________ I.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Patterson et al. (2010) evaluated the particular requirements of learning and literacy in an innovative Canadian school during the development and implementation of a customized online library for “digital native” students.
Are e-readers suitable tools for scholarly work?
In this section I review two relatively new applications of SAE; assessment of literacy and poverty mapping.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Assessment of literacy The notable feature of assessing literacy from a literacy test is that the possible outcome is either zero, indicating illiteracy, or a positive continuous score measuring the level of literacy.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Pfeffermann, Terryn and Moura (2008) consider the estimation of the average literacy score and the proportion of people with positive scores in districts and villages in Cambodia, a study sponsored by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Mohadjer et al. (2007) estimate the proportions θij of adults in the lowest level of literacy in counties and states of the USA, by modeling the direct estimates ˜pij in county j of state i as ˜pij = θij + εij, and modeling logit(θij ) = x′ ij β + ui + vij with ui and vij defining state and county random effects.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Hierarchical Bayes small area estimates of adult literacy using unmatched sampling and linking models.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Small area estimation under a two-part random effects model with application to estimation of literacy in developing countries.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation
Bird, S. (1999). Strategies for Representing Tone in African Writing Systems. Written Language and Literacy 2, 1–44. Buk, S., Mačutek, J., Rovenchak, A. (2008). Some properties of the Ukrainian writing system.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz. Singler, J. V. (1983). [Review of] The Psychology of Literacy. By Sylvia Scribner and Michael Cole.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script