The knowledge has to be all encompassing to include foundations of literacy theory and learning such as Behaviourism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism. Knowledge of literacy theory is important for teachers in their role of helping children to develop as readers because it provides them an understanding of the overall social and cultural context within which the act of reading is taking place, provides the teacher many tools for enhancing reading experience of students, enables the teacher to take on different roles in teaching and conversion of reading in of varied types of literacy texts into knowledge.
Reading is not a mechanical act as is commonly believed but is a social and cultural step of communication. A teacher would thus have to understand the full impact of reading on a student to include the How, What, What for, and Why of the practice. Literacy theories provide the teacher full understanding of the social and cultural contexts thereby enabling him to be able to impart education contextually. Since theory is generalized in nature, it also provides the teacher a broad framework within which to situate teaching, thereby enhancing quality. ...Show more