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Strategic And Interactive Writing Instruction: An Efficacy Study In Grades 3-5, Kimberly A. Wolbers, Hannah M. Dostal, Steve Graham, Lee Branum-Martin, Jennifer R. Kilpatrick, Rachel Saulsburry Jan 2018

Strategic And Interactive Writing Instruction: An Efficacy Study In Grades 3-5, Kimberly A. Wolbers, Hannah M. Dostal, Steve Graham, Lee Branum-Martin, Jennifer R. Kilpatrick, Rachel Saulsburry

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

A quasi-experimental study was conducted to examine the impact of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction on 3rd-5th grade deaf and hard of hearing students’ writing and written language compared to a business-as-usual condition (treatment group N = 41, comparison group N = 22). A total of 18 hours of instruction was provided for each of two types of writing—personal narrative and persuasive. Writing samples, collected prior to instruction and after, were scored for writing traits, written language accuracy, and complexity. Data were analyzed using a two-level, mixed-effects regression. Results show the treatment to be effective for personal narrative and persuasive writing ...


An Investigation Of Learning Processes And Contexts Of A Curriculum Program For The Formation Of Spiritual Directors, Peter Stuart Bentley Feb 2017

An Investigation Of Learning Processes And Contexts Of A Curriculum Program For The Formation Of Spiritual Directors, Peter Stuart Bentley

Theses

In recent times Spiritual Direction has grown in popularity amongst lay people seeking to nurture their own spirituality. This trend has given rise to an increased enrolment of people seeking to train as Spiritual Directors. This study aims to identify key factors underpinning the learning processes in a spiritual direction curriculum program that is part of a graduate course offered by an Australian University. Having identified the factors, the researcher will assess its effectiveness in forming spiritual directors, from the perspective of participants involved in the program. This qualitative study was based on the insights of adults who are already ...


Transforming Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum By Aligning Models Of Clinical Reasoning Through Simulation, Nicole Blakey, Steve Guinea, Farida Saghafi Jan 2017

Transforming Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum By Aligning Models Of Clinical Reasoning Through Simulation, Nicole Blakey, Steve Guinea, Farida Saghafi

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Whilst clinical reasoning skills are deemed essential in health care professions, undergraduate nursing students often struggle to develop these requisite skills. Teaching nursing students the skills to engage clinical reasoning requires a strategic and systematic approach by educators to make these tacit processes explicit. This paper reports on the design phase of an innovative curriculum re-design for the purpose of enhancing clinical reasoning skills in nursing students through simulation-based learning. Many approaches to simulation-based learning focus on the post-simulation debrief as the forum for engaging students in clinical reasoning. In contrast, this curriculum re-design brought together two existing models of ...


To What Extent Are Teachers Well Prepared To Teach Multimodal Authoring?, Paul Chandler Jan 2017

To What Extent Are Teachers Well Prepared To Teach Multimodal Authoring?, Paul Chandler

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This study reports on the responses to a survey of 55 upper primary school teachers, conducted prior to their classes engaging in a substantial unit of work in multimodal composition. The survey was designed to ascertain the extent to which the teachers were already familiar with, and had already embedded in their teaching, a metalanguage of multimodal composition. The project from which the data was drawn and its underlying theoretical perspective are described. While the teachers’ overall attention to a relevant metalanguage is identified as quite low, it is the differential attention that is paid to the more general elements ...


The Home Literacy Environment As A Predictor Of The Early Literacy Development Of Children At Family-Risk Of Dyslexia, Lorna G. Hamilton, Marianna E. Hayiou-Thomas, Charles Hulme, Margaret J. Snowling Jan 2016

The Home Literacy Environment As A Predictor Of The Early Literacy Development Of Children At Family-Risk Of Dyslexia, Lorna G. Hamilton, Marianna E. Hayiou-Thomas, Charles Hulme, Margaret J. Snowling

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

The home literacy environment ( HLE ) predicts language and reading development in typically developing children; relatively little is known about its association with literacy development in children at family-risk of dyslexia. We assessed the HLE at age 4 years, precursor literacy skills at age 5, and literacy outcomes at age 6, in a sample of children at family-risk of dyslexia ( n = 116 ) and children with no known risk ( n = 72 ). Developmental relationships between the HLE and literacy were comparable between the groups; an additional effect of storybook exposure on phoneme awareness was observed in the family-risk group only. The effects of ...


Reworking The Appraisal Framework In Esl Research : Refining Attitude Resources, Thu Ngo, Leonard Unsworth Jan 2015

Reworking The Appraisal Framework In Esl Research : Refining Attitude Resources, Thu Ngo, Leonard Unsworth

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The Appraisal framework within Systemic Functional Linguistics as a robust tool in language teaching and research has attracted a great deal of interest in recent years. Since its establishment as the most complete account, the framework has been used in a variety of contexts, resulting in a number of refinements, tuning its applicability for specific research purposes such as studies of the evaluative language in research article abstracts, biology experiment reports, wine appreciation and student narrative writing. This article proposes additional refinements, particularly to the system of Attitude, informed by research into the deployment of evaluative resources in spoken discourse ...


Pre-Service Teachers And Numeracy In An Beyond The Classroom, Gilah Leder, Helen Forgasz, Natalie Kalkhoven, Vincent Geiger Jan 2015

Pre-Service Teachers And Numeracy In An Beyond The Classroom, Gilah Leder, Helen Forgasz, Natalie Kalkhoven, Vincent Geiger

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Data from a pilot study concerned with pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the numeracy demands on Australian teachers are reported. The sample comprised 211 students enrolled in pre-service teacher education courses at a large Australian university. While most recognised the importance of mathematics and its applications in everyday life, less than half considered there were mathematical demands on teachers beyond their teaching domain. NAPLAN-related information data was used to examine the group’s ability to access, apply, and interpret the statistical information.


Classroom Teachers And Daily Student Physical Activity Requirements: A Study Of Capacity Building Thorugh Traditional Indigenous Games (Tig), Sharon Louth, Romina Jamieson-Proctor Jan 2015

Classroom Teachers And Daily Student Physical Activity Requirements: A Study Of Capacity Building Thorugh Traditional Indigenous Games (Tig), Sharon Louth, Romina Jamieson-Proctor

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This study investigated the facilitation of daily physical activity for primary school students by regular classroom teachers. The existing practices of teachers and their perceptions of barriers to facilitating daily physical activity with their students were explored. Initial investigations revealed the need to build the capacity of classroom teachers so that they could provide effective, fun and inclusive experiences for their students. When reviewing the fun and inclusive nature of Traditional Indigenous Games (TIG) it was postulated that TIG may assist teachers to overcome their perceived barriers and thereby contribute positively to the health and well-being of students. The study ...


Challenging The Mindset Of Sammy: A Case Study Of A Grade 3 Mathematically Highly Capable Student, Linda Parish Jan 2015

Challenging The Mindset Of Sammy: A Case Study Of A Grade 3 Mathematically Highly Capable Student, Linda Parish

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This case study narrative reports on the journey of *Sammy as her mindset as a learner of mathematics is challenged. Often students who are mathematically highly capable are viewed as being privileged, they are rarely placed with the cohort of struggling students. Children like Sammy who are mathematically highly capable or gifted, however, are simply students who learn differently and therefore require a different type of teacher support. [*Sammy is a pseudonym].


The Mathematics Instructional Leader: What A Difference Crucial Conversations Make, Janeen Lamb, Carmel Diezmann, Jillian Fox Jan 2015

The Mathematics Instructional Leader: What A Difference Crucial Conversations Make, Janeen Lamb, Carmel Diezmann, Jillian Fox

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the instructional leader when introducing digital technology into the mathematics teaching in the Australian Curriculum. The research reported here involves the principal and five teachers from one school and is part of a larger study. Results indicated that principal-led ‘crucial conversations’ supported educational change that comprised not only curriculum change but also a transition from a pedagogy that draws on technology to a pedagogy in which technology is embedded.


The Challenge For Non-First-Language English Academic Publishing In English Language Research Outlets, Vince Geiger, Rudolf Straesser Jan 2015

The Challenge For Non-First-Language English Academic Publishing In English Language Research Outlets, Vince Geiger, Rudolf Straesser

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper is a reflective critique of practice within the field of mathematics education in relation to the challenges faced by non-first-language-English speaking academics when they attempt to publish in English language research outlets. Data for this study are drawn from communications between a German and an Australian academic as the Australian assisted the German in negotiating aspects of translation bound by syntactic, semiotic, cultural, and colloquial language considerations. The paper concludes by raising questions about the issue of the use of English as a universal language for the dissemination of new knowledge and offers possible solutions to the problem.


Describing The Nature And Effect Of Teacher Interactions With Students During Seat Work On Challenging Tasks, Anne Roche, Douglas Clarke Jan 2015

Describing The Nature And Effect Of Teacher Interactions With Students During Seat Work On Challenging Tasks, Anne Roche, Douglas Clarke

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

As part of a project that is examining how to support teachers in the use of challenging tasks and those teacher actions that encourage students to persist, we focused on the activities of students and teachers during seatwork. We describe the nature of teacher interactions with students, student behaviours when working on challenging tasks, and the relationships between the two. Interactions that seemed most beneficial were brief, and usually preceded by the teacher watching and listening to the students at work.


Young Indigenous Students' Engagement With Growing Pattern Tasks: A Semiotic Perspective, Jodie Miller Jan 2015

Young Indigenous Students' Engagement With Growing Pattern Tasks: A Semiotic Perspective, Jodie Miller

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The aim of this study was to determine the role of semiotics in assisting young Indigenous students to engage with and identify the general structure of growing patterns. The theoretical perspective of semiotics underpinned the study. Data are drawn from two Year 3 students, including analysis of pretest questions and two conjecture-driven lessons. Results indicate that particular semiotic signs (iconic signs) contribute to how young Indigenous students attend to, and identify the structure of growing patterns.


Self-Efficacy In Teaching Chinese As A Foreign Language In Australian Schools, Zhu Chen, Alexander S. Yeung Jan 2015

Self-Efficacy In Teaching Chinese As A Foreign Language In Australian Schools, Zhu Chen, Alexander S. Yeung

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Participating in a research-oriented teacher education program, 20 university graduates from China were invited to teach Chinese as a foreign language in western Sydney schools and conducted teacher research for one and half years. By analysing their research on their own teaching through a qualitative approach, this study attempted to identify the factors that influenced their self-efficacy in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in an English-speaking school system. Influential factors identified in this research include teacher factors, student factors and contextual factors. Findings of this research have implications for foreign language teacher education.


An Investigation Of Teachers’ Experience Of Applying Community Action Projects In The Discipline Of Humanities In A Victorian Catholic Secondary School, Marie E. Bagh Mar 2014

An Investigation Of Teachers’ Experience Of Applying Community Action Projects In The Discipline Of Humanities In A Victorian Catholic Secondary School, Marie E. Bagh

Theses

This qualitative research study aimed to investigate, through focus group action research, teachers’ experience of applying Community Action Projects (hereafter, CAP) in the discipline of Humanities in a Victorian Catholic secondary school. In the context of this study, emanating from the philosophies of a social reconstructionist curriculum framework, teachers facilitated CAP with students born between the years 1995 and 2002. In this study, this group of students are referred to as the ‘current learners’ while much of the recent discourse on generations most commonly refer to them as Generation Z. Located within the constructivist epistemology, and taking its theoretical perspective ...


Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis Jan 2013

Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This study investigated the relationships between knowledge and efficacy for teaching sustainability in a sample of 266 pre-service primary teachers at a large, metropolitan university in Australia. A survey gathered information about the participant’s attitudes and self-efficacy for education for sustainability, along with their perceived and actual knowledge of environmental sustainability issues. The participants typically believed they were confident in their abilities to engage with education for sustainability with self-efficacy increasing with increased levels of perceived knowledge. However no relationship was found between perceived knowledge and actual knowledge which suggests that the participants either do not feel constrained by ...


And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey Jan 2013

And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Perspective On The Use Of Construct 'Catholic Identity' For Australian Catholic Schooling: Sociological Background And Literature - Part 1, Graham Rossiter Jan 2013

Perspective On The Use Of Construct 'Catholic Identity' For Australian Catholic Schooling: Sociological Background And Literature - Part 1, Graham Rossiter

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Perspective On The Use Of Construct 'Catholic Identity' For Australian Catholic Schooling: Areas In The Discourse In Need Of More Emphasis And Further Attention - Part 2, Graham Rossiter Jan 2013

Perspective On The Use Of Construct 'Catholic Identity' For Australian Catholic Schooling: Areas In The Discourse In Need Of More Emphasis And Further Attention - Part 2, Graham Rossiter

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman Jan 2013

What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Testing Young Children's Ideas Of Mass Measurement, Jill Cheeseman, Andrea Mcdonough Jan 2013

Testing Young Children's Ideas Of Mass Measurement, Jill Cheeseman, Andrea Mcdonough

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This article reports an innovative use of photographs in a pencil-and-paper test which was developed to assess young children’s understanding of mass measurement. Two hundred and ninety-five tests were administered by thirteen teachers of Years 1 and 2 children in 3 urban and rural schools. Many of these children of 6-8 years of age were able to “read” the photographs and diagrams in the test and recognise the images as representations of their classroom experiences. While the test had its limitations it also had some worthwhile features: it required explanation, deductive reasoning, and justification of thinking through the open ...


Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali Jan 2013

Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Indigenous Australians have been known to be disadvantaged in many ways although higher art and physical self-concepts have been reported with Indigenous samples. Given recent research demonstrating the reciprocal effects of achievement and self-concept in academic domains, Indigenous students may experience further disadvantages in both academic performance and self-concept. A sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (N = 1,342) from schools in New South Wales (NSW), Australia were asked to respond to a survey measuring: 5 domains of self-concept (i.e., school, reading, maths, art, and physical abilities), 2 learning-related factors (enjoyment and participation), and a self-assessment of their school ...


How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton Jan 2013

How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Utilising appropriate Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as instructional tools in teacher education can be a challenging yet worthwhile endeavour. This paper reports the difficulties and benefits of a recent inter-university project requiring preservice primary teachers to construct professional digital portfolios using the support of ICT. Challenges with regard to communication and learning were numerous as 34 preservice teachers (PSTs) from three universities in NSW (situated in country towns, and in Sydney) worked together as a collaborative learning community. Meeting regularly face-to-face during the 12-month process was not always possible and so ICT resources were employed to facilitate instruction and communication ...


An Exploration Of The Use Of Web 2.0 To Enhance Teaching And Learning In An Australian Catholic Secondary School, Kevin T. Sharkey Feb 2012

An Exploration Of The Use Of Web 2.0 To Enhance Teaching And Learning In An Australian Catholic Secondary School, Kevin T. Sharkey

Theses

The rapid development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) over recent years presents educators with significant challenges. There are many options emerging to enhance the process of teaching and learning, particularly through the use of Web 2.0 Internet sites. These have become part of the lifestyles of today's students yet schools are struggling to come to terms with the effective use of these emerging technologies. Although Web 2.0 offers significant potential to enhance learning this is proving to be difficult to implement effectively. The general research question is What factors influence Secondary School teachers to use Web ...


Digital Natives? New And Old Media And Children's Language Acquisition, M Bittman, Leonie Rutherford, Jude Brown, Len Unsworth Jan 2012

Digital Natives? New And Old Media And Children's Language Acquisition, M Bittman, Leonie Rutherford, Jude Brown, Len Unsworth

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Teaching Ethics And Religious Culture In Quebec High Schools: An Overview, Contextualization And Some Analytical Comments, Richard Rymarz Jan 2012

Teaching Ethics And Religious Culture In Quebec High Schools: An Overview, Contextualization And Some Analytical Comments, Richard Rymarz

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In 2008 Quebec introduced a new ethics and religious culture course. This marks a significant development in Canadian education as the mandated curriculum is intended for use in publically funded secular schools. In the past such courses have been in the domain of denominational schools. This new approach is examined in the context of the profound changes in Quebec society in recent years, typified by the sudden decline in the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. An overview of the curriculum is given, noting its basis as a particular type of phenomenological approach to the study of ethics and religion ...


Patterns Of Paid Work Among Higher Education Students: Implication For The Bradley Reforms, Joanna Dearlove, James Grice Thomas Marland Jan 2012

Patterns Of Paid Work Among Higher Education Students: Implication For The Bradley Reforms, Joanna Dearlove, James Grice Thomas Marland

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The Bradley review suggests that students with low socio-economic status (SES) need greater financial support than that which is currently offered to them if they are to take up university places and remain at university throughout their courses (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent, & Scales, 2008). This recommendation is, in part, based on research into the necessity for low SES students to maintain paid, term-time employment throughout their higher education to meet their basic needs. This study has been undertaken to explore the connection between SES status and paid term-time employment on a suburban satellite campus of a regional Australian university in order ...


A Multi-Level Language Toolkit For The Australian Curriculum: English, Kristina Love, Sally Humphrey Jan 2012

A Multi-Level Language Toolkit For The Australian Curriculum: English, Kristina Love, Sally Humphrey

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


In Good Faith: A Historical Study Of The Provision Of Religious Education For Catholic Children Not In Catholic Schools In New South Wales: The Ccd Movement 1880-2000, Ann Maree Whenman Jul 2011

In Good Faith: A Historical Study Of The Provision Of Religious Education For Catholic Children Not In Catholic Schools In New South Wales: The Ccd Movement 1880-2000, Ann Maree Whenman

Theses

This thesis provides a coherent documented history of the provision of religious education to Catholic children who did not attend Catholic schools in New South Wales from 1880 to 2000. The CCD movement is the title generally assigned to a variety of approaches associated with this activity. The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) is an association of clergy and lay faithful, within the Catholic tradition, established in the 16th century, devoted to the work of Catholic religious education. In the 20th century the principal concern of the CCD came to be the religious education of Catholic children who were not ...


Implementing Curriculum Change In Religious Education: A Study Of The Perceptions Of Primary School Religious Educators In The Archdiocese Of Hobart, Helen Healy Mar 2011

Implementing Curriculum Change In Religious Education: A Study Of The Perceptions Of Primary School Religious Educators In The Archdiocese Of Hobart, Helen Healy

Theses

The purpose of the research reported in this thesis was to study the perceptions of school-based primary religious educators in Tasmania, Australia, as they engaged in the implementation phase of the curriculum framework at the centre of the study, Good News for Living: A Curriculum Framework in Religious Education for Students in the Archdiocese of Hobart (CEOH, 2005). The effectiveness of educational change is often judged by the impact an innovation has on the professional beliefs and practices of teachers and consequently the learning of students. The inability of implementation to link the broad concept of the change with the ...