Literacy education in a changing policy environment : introduction

Comber, Barbara & Freebody, Peter (2013) Literacy education in a changing policy environment : introduction. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 36(2), pp. 65-66.

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Literacy has long been at the heart of discussions about improving the quality and equitable distribution of educational outcomes. The last decade, however, has seen a dramatic redirection of policy effort in this regard. The effects of this policy redirection are playing out now; it may be that new policy emphases may have consequences for how educators think about what matters in literacy, how they can, and should, make judgements about what matters, and how they can, and should, act on those judgements. This issue of the Journal focuses on the changing landscape of policy and practice in literacy education.

Educators in many countries have encountered increasingly intensive government moves to centralise and standardise school education. In Australia national testing of literacy and numeracy began relatively recently. The results for individual schools have been publically reported since 2009. Following trialling in 2010 and 2011, most states and sectors are now beginning to implement new Australian curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History...

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ID Code: 64860
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: literacy
ISSN: 1038-1562
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2013 22:00
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 21:54

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