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Using Children's Literature To Assess Reading Comprehension In The Early Years Of School, Marion Meiers Aug 2010

Using Children's Literature To Assess Reading Comprehension In The Early Years Of School, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This paper reports some findings from the first three years of a longitudinal study designed to follow students' growth in literacy from the earliest years at school. A feature of the study was the use of quality children's literature, in the form of picture story books. These texts were the basis of instruments designed to investigate students' developing comprehension, their understanding and knowledge of narrative texts, and their skills in recognising, explaining and making connections with the themes and ideas in the texts. The selection of texts appropriate for these purposes has raised many points of interest, such as ...


Evaluation Of The Getting It Right Literacy And Numeracy Strategy In Western Australian Schools, Marion Meiers Apr 2010

Evaluation Of The Getting It Right Literacy And Numeracy Strategy In Western Australian Schools, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This paper and the paper by Dr. Lawrence Ingvarson are companion pieces to Rosemary Cahill’s account of the intentions of the Getting it Right Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, and the model of professional development on which the strategy is based. In these papers, we present some findings from the ACER evaluation of Getting it Right. We provide detailed results from the surveys of principals undertaken in 2003 and 2004, including findings of the use of data to improve planning.These results provide evidence of the impact of the initiative, and evidence of an increase of the impact of the ...


Evaluating The Quality And Impact Of Professional Development Programs, Lawrence Ingvarson, Marion Meiers, Adrian Beavis Mar 2010

Evaluating The Quality And Impact Of Professional Development Programs, Lawrence Ingvarson, Marion Meiers, Adrian Beavis

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

The purpose of this paper is to review recent work that ACER has been doing to improve the usefulness of evaluations of professional development programs. This work includes the development of research-based instruments to measure: the nature and quality of the processes used to promote teacher learning; the impact of programs on teacher knowledge, practice and student outcomes; the relationships between these process and impact measures. The paper is based on approaches developed as part of four recent evaluations of professional development programs. These include: three evaluations of the Commonwealth Government’s Quality Teacher Program, as implemented in three separate ...


A Longitudinal Study Of Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The Primary School Years, Marion Meiers Mar 2010

A Longitudinal Study Of Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The Primary School Years, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This paper reports on a seven-year longitudinal study. In 1998 an extensive investigation of the nature of growth in literacy and numeracy across the years of primary school was established at ACER as a national longitudinal study. It was intended that scales of developing literacy and numeracy achievement would be developed within this study, making it possible to show growth from the first year at school until the end of primary school.


Constructing Scales For Reporting Growth In Numeracy : The Acer Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study, Andrew Stephanou, Marion Meiers, Margaret Forster Mar 2010

Constructing Scales For Reporting Growth In Numeracy : The Acer Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study, Andrew Stephanou, Marion Meiers, Margaret Forster

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

The ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study is set within the conceptual framework of developmental assessment. This paper describes work done on the development of a numeracy scale, and demonstrates how the progressive achievement of the LLANS cohort of students can be reported on that scale and subscales.


A Longitudinal Investigation Of Literacy Achievement And Development In The First Three Years Of School, Marion Meiers Mar 2010

A Longitudinal Investigation Of Literacy Achievement And Development In The First Three Years Of School, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This paper describes a longitudinal study of literacy development in the early years of schooling. Monitoring the development of children’s literacy learning in the early years of school poses challenges for educational researchers, including the need for appropriate strategies for identifying the full range of literacy knowledge and skills demonstrated by young learners. The seven-year national ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS) followed the growth in literacy of a single cohort of students across the years of primary school (Meiers, Khoo et al, 2006). A key research question in this study was: “What is the nature of literacy ...


Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The First Three Years Of School., Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Kathy Nolan Mar 2010

Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The First Three Years Of School., Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Kathy Nolan

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This report describes the findings from the first three years of the ACER longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS). The longitudinal study was established in 1999 in a context in which there was significant national interest in improving achievement in literacy and numeracy for all Australian children, and a particular interest in the development of foundational skills in the early years of school. A nation wide sample of 100 schools was selected in proportion to the population of each state and territory and ten students were randomly selected from each of these schools. This provided a cohort for LLANS of ...


An Evaluation Of The Getting It Right: Literacy And Numeracy Strategy In Western Australian Schools, Marion Meiers, Lawrence Ingvarson, Adrian Beavis, John Hogan, Elizabeth Kleinhenz Mar 2010

An Evaluation Of The Getting It Right: Literacy And Numeracy Strategy In Western Australian Schools, Marion Meiers, Lawrence Ingvarson, Adrian Beavis, John Hogan, Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This evaluation report is presented in two volumes. Volume 1, Evaluation of the GiR-LNS is focused mainly on the survey component of the evaluation. The complete data set from the surveys undertaken in 2003 and 2004 is analysed, and conclusions drawn from these analyses. The concluding sections draw on the survey data, some research literature and the illustrative case studies to report on the effectiveness of the GiR-LNS as a strategy for professional development, and as a strategy for change. Volume 2, Getting it Right in Context, presents the findings from the illustrative case studies. Twenty schools from across Western ...


The Acer Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study (Llans), Marion Meiers, Margaret Forster Mar 2010

The Acer Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study (Llans), Marion Meiers, Margaret Forster

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

This paper outlines the background to the ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS), the general methodology, and the scope and nature of the data to be collected. A description is then given of the process by which achievement data will be reported. The study has been designed to follow the literacy and numeracy development of a national sample of students throughout the years of primary schooling. The study commenced in 1999 with children at the beginning of their school lives and runs for seven years.


Reading For Pleasure And Literacy Achievement, Marion Meiers Mar 2010

Reading For Pleasure And Literacy Achievement, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers (1941-2018)

Helping children to develop an interest in books and reading can not only be enjoyable for adults and children alike but also have an important positive influence on reading achievement. Marion Meiers outlines research that emphasises the importance of engagement with reading.