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Investigating literacy years 4-9 : a pilot. Final report.

Nixon, Helen, Comber, Barbara, & Kerin, Rosie (2009) Investigating literacy years 4-9 : a pilot. Final report. University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

Investigating Literacy Years 4-9: A pilot acknowledges that the literacy required of students in the middle years of schooling changes as they begin to read and write to learn across the subject areas using various resources and media. Teachers begin to look for evidence of understanding of concepts, content details, appropriate genre uses and the capacity to work with extended and complex texts. Yet, in comparison to the early years, there has been relatively little research conducted during this period of schooling, especially Years 4-7 of primary schooling (Comber et al, 2002). However, evidence suggests that gaps between those who perform highly and those who perform poorly on standardised measures of literacy increase rather than decrease, and these gaps relate to social background. Hence there is a need to investigate how different school communities with diverse student populations design rich curriculum at these stages of schooling and explicitly teach young people to handle new and changing literacy demands.

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ID Code: 46128
Item Type: Report
Additional Information: The report is freely available online from the publisher's website - see "Official URL" above.
Keywords: Literacy curriculum, Literacy pedagogy, Literacy in the middle primary years
ISBN: 978-1-920927-97-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
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 2009 (please consult the authors)
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2011 10:55

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