(Re)focusing the Lens to Make Diversity and Difference Visible : Teaching for Quality and Equity

Henderson, Robyn & Woods, Annette F. (2012) (Re)focusing the Lens to Make Diversity and Difference Visible : Teaching for Quality and Equity. In Henderson, Robyn (Ed.) Teaching Literacies in the Middle Years : Pedagogies and Diversity. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 113-131.

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      Despite the evidence that Australia’s children are learning literacy, there is also significant evidence that the poorest and most disadvantaged children are being left behind. To date our understanding of the place of transitions in this has been limited, although there has been work on the fourth grade slump (Gee, 2000, 2008), the transition from primary years to secondary years (e.g. Bahr & Pendergast, 2007; Pendergast & Bahr, 2005, 2010), and transitions when changing schools (Henderson, 2008). In this chapter, we consider the notion of transitioning, as we unpack issues related to recognising and valuing student diversity and difference. We want to highlight ways of providing high quality and high equity literacy pedagogy and literacy outcomes for middle years students. We will also discuss the importance of recognising that students transit to schools and school learning from other significant contexts, each with their own combinations of literacy practices, rituals and values.

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      ID Code: 45503
      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Keywords: literacy, transitioning, student diversity
      ISBN: 9780195575323
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
      Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
      Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
      Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Oxford University Press
      Deposited On: 30 Aug 2011 08:16
      Last Modified: 13 Nov 2013 20:37

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