Throughout the history of education, language instruction has constituted a core element of the formal and informal socialization of young people. Long before the rise of mass education in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there existed intense popular concern about, and demand for, literacy in many European countries (Graff, 1986). The promotion of literacy was also an integral part of social formation in some hon-Western societies (for example, China, Korea, India) even before the introduction and spread of Westernstyle educational systems. In the contemporary period, the image of society and social progress, necessarily built upon an extensive literate population, is taken for granted everywhere.
|Title of host publication||School Knowledge for the Masses|
|Subtitle of host publication||World Models and National Primary Curricular Categories in the Twentieth Century|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Print)||185000949X, 9780415788557|
|State||Published - 2017 Jan 1|