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Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, grandparents and community members, welcome to the Wowan State Primary School Theatre Restaurant!

Exley, Beryl E. (2007) Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, grandparents and community members, welcome to the Wowan State Primary School Theatre Restaurant! Education in Rural Australia, 17(2), pp. 67-78.

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Abstract

In recent years, the teaching staff from the Central Queensland school of Wowan State Primary School have been responding to recently released Education Queensland initiatives for whole school literacy planning, 'Literate Futures: Reading' (Education Queensland, 2002), and a framework for pedagogical reform, 'Productive Pedagogies' (Education Queensland, 2006). This article recounts one of their whole school showcase projects that exemplifies the innovative and connected ways this group of small school rural teachers are working to better students' engagement with the multiple demands of literacy in complex new times. Wowan State Primary School's 'Theatre Restaurant 2006' project was awarded a National Literacy & Numeracy Week Celebration Grant in 2006 for its effectiveness in creating real life literacy projects for its students and its connectedness to the wider community. This article also serves to contribute to the dearth of research on literacy in rural communities (Green & Reid, 2004; Reid, Edwards & Power, 2004) and correct myths that rural teachers are not highly skilled and fail to connect to their community (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2000; Clandinin & Connelly, 2004; Motley, Rossi & King, 2005) or that small multi-age rural schools do not provide exemplar practices worthy of national attention (see Sharplin, 2002; Jarzabkowski, 2003; Shelton, 2004).

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ID Code: 13220
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: multiliteracies pedagogy, rural education, Wowan State School, theatre restaurant, multiliteracies projects
ISSN: 1036-0026
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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