4 Types of Literacy Students Need
Literacy is commonly seen as the ability to read and write. However, the modern definition of literacy can also encompass the understanding, processing and communication of information. The core idea of literacy is that a person is able to understand information and utilise it to fulfil their goals. Here’s 4 types of literacy students should have in order to succeed and make the best use of information:
1. Media Literacy
Understanding what a piece of media is saying is different from understanding what it is trying to say, which is where media literacy comes in. Most content and information we receive serve a purpose, which includes persuading you to believe in certain ideas, or to purchase something. Students need to be able to identify biases and perspectives to avoid being manipulated.
2. Tech literacy
Knowing how to utilise digital devices (computers, tablets, smartphones), navigate interfaces (emails, social media, websites) to communicate, and problem solve with technology is tech literacy. It’s almost compulsory for students to be familiar with digital devices, or to be able to pick them up quickly. Besides using it for school work, students also need to know how to be safe and responsible online.
3. Cultural literacy
Cultural literacy is the understanding of knowledge, tradition, activities and history of a particular culture, including one’s own. While a student may not understand every culture, the awareness of the difference between them is also very important as it reduces prejudice. It also gives them the ability to adapt to different cultures as they encounter them, whether from studying abroad or just meeting different people.
4. Financial literacy
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority considers 66% of the American population to be financially illiterate. These people are unfamiliar with concepts such as budgeting, investing, taxation or personal financial management. Being financially literate allows students to be fully aware of how their spending and saving habits can impact them, leading them to economic stability.
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