Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We read an article in Disability and School and, I quote: "Children who cannot hear learn sign language, children who cannot see learn braille. Children who can hear but not speak, like Thomas, learn their own language too. The symbols used in Classroom 506 are known as Mayer-Johnson symbols - thousands of little pictures that represent words and actions and thoughts." In Thomas' classroom these pictures are Velcro-ed to the story books that are to be read in class so that students, like Thomas, can "read" along with the class. Now, I say that, for Thomas (who has cerebral palsy) these collection of pictures are a form of literacy. He is able to read along with the class by seeing these pictures. But in Larson/Marsh we read, ""Kress (2003: 23-4) suggests that the term 'literacy' should relate to lettered representation..." (pg. 69). What do you think?
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