Using Andrea R Fishmans Becoming Literate A Lesson From the Amish Shirley Brice Heaths Literate Traditions and Lynda Workmans The Experience of Policy form a theory about reading a text or a situation within a partic
For example. if one carries out a critique of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, they will often be required to assume a postmodern, post-colonial or feminist perspective just to mention a few, otherwise their work will be substantially wanting in term of validity and scholarliness. While conceding that critical theory indeed plays a significant role in the interpretation and dissemination of various texts by rendering them in social-cultural and politically relevant to a multiplicity of audiences, it has its own downsides. The most important one for purposes of this paper is that it limits, to a great extent the readers flexibility and personalization of their understating of the text since they will automatically try to align the text with existing theory. Ergo, they are potentially prevented from interpreting it in new hitherto unconsidered ways unless they intend to come up with their own theory. This paper will attempt to prove that texts do not necessarily need to be restricted to specific theoretical frameworks or models and it will illustrate this by discussing the various advantages and disadvantage of applying specific literary tradition by the three assigned books.
Andrea Fishman’s “Becoming Literate: A Lesson from the Amish” is a text that examines the Amish society in the context of education and its value as well as mode of impartation to the children by the families schools and society at large (Fishman 246). Fishman describes the various types of learning in which the children engage and describes the general attitude towards learning, which is decidedly less casual than is the case in the non-Amish backdrop. If someone were to attempt a conventional literary or curtail analysis of the text, they would likely select a theoretical framework related to pedagogy such as the social learning theory. Admittedly, this would be quite