The term cultural literacies refers to the values, attitudes, beliefs, and predispositions of each of the many cultural groups that make up the modern world and the societies in which we live. Cultural literacies refers to the ability to understand and value the customs, values, and beliefs of one's own culture and the cultures of others. The term implies the capacity to function harmoniously on a daily basis in social settings consisting of more than one culture. Cultural literacies are important in the development of multicultural curricula designed for schools serving more than one cultural group and for curricula aimed at preparing students to live in a culturally interdependent world.

The idea of cultural literacies in the plural form is an outgrowth of three ideas: culture, ...

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