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A Developing Story: The Literacy Demands Of The Curriculum, Marion Meiers Sep 2015

A Developing Story: The Literacy Demands Of The Curriculum, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

The need for explicit teaching of the literacy demands of the curriculum has been and remains a significant area of interest for all teachers. An example of how this interest has evolved can be seen in Nea Stewart-Dore's careerlong interest in literacy learning. This was a key aspect of her major contribution to professional knowledge and understanding of literacy learning. Nea's story provides a useful retrospective insight into the shaping of the strong current focus of the literacy of the disciplines.


Session B: Assessing Young Children's Literacy And Mathematics Understandings, Collette Taylor, Joanne Mulligan, Maurice Walker, Prue Anderson, Marion Meiers Aug 2015

Session B: Assessing Young Children's Literacy And Mathematics Understandings, Collette Taylor, Joanne Mulligan, Maurice Walker, Prue Anderson, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Current research indicates that young children are capable of developing mathematical concepts and reasoning much earlier than previously considered. Moderated by Professor Collette Tayler, this symposium on assessing young children's literacy and mathematics understandings is in three parts. Firstly the authors explore the Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA). PASA is an early mathematical assessment interview which focuses on a range of concepts and processes and is linked with mathematical attainment in the ACER Progressive Achievement Tests in Maths (PATMaths). Secondly, the authors report on the piloting of an early-years technology-based tool called the Digital Early Reading and Mathematics Assessment ...


Desk-Based Evaluation Of Workbooks And Textbooks, Mary Kimani, Rachel Outhred, Jenny Wilkinson, Marion Meiers Jul 2015

Desk-Based Evaluation Of Workbooks And Textbooks, Mary Kimani, Rachel Outhred, Jenny Wilkinson, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Report to South Africa UNICEF Country Office


Civics And Citizenship Education, Suzanne Mellor, Marion Meiers, Pat Knight Jul 2015

Civics And Citizenship Education, Suzanne Mellor, Marion Meiers, Pat Knight

Marion Meiers

This edition of The Digest is focused on research about civics and citizenship education, and in particular, research into the role of schools in supporting students to become active and informed citizens. The Digest also reports on what research tells us about young people's civic knowledge and engagement, and about what motivates young people to participate in society.


Learning Needs Analysis For The Deaf Education Sector, Julie Kos, Marion Meiers, Lawrence Ingvarson Jul 2015

Learning Needs Analysis For The Deaf Education Sector, Julie Kos, Marion Meiers, Lawrence Ingvarson

Marion Meiers

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake a project to design, conduct and analyse the learning needs of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. The focus of the study was to identify any gap between teachers’ existing skills and knowledge and the skills that are needed to optimise student learning outcomes.


Meeting The Challenge Of Disciplinary Literacies, Marion Meiers May 2015

Meeting The Challenge Of Disciplinary Literacies, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This short article traces some of the ways in which professional understandings of disciplinary literacies have changed and how Nea Stewart-Dore throughout her career contributed to the evolution of the concept of disciplinary literacy.


Meeting The Challenge Of Disciplinary Literacies, Marion Meiers May 2015

Meeting The Challenge Of Disciplinary Literacies, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This short article traces some of the ways in which professional understandings of disciplinary literacies have changed and how Nea Stewart-Dore throughout her career contributed to the evolution of the concept of disciplinary literacy.


Session C - Learning Before The School Years: Benefits For Life, Joe Sparling, Susan Krieg, Marion Meiers Aug 2014

Session C - Learning Before The School Years: Benefits For Life, Joe Sparling, Susan Krieg, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Concurrent session


Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The Early Years, Marion Meiers, Kate Reid Jul 2014

Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The Early Years, Marion Meiers, Kate Reid

Marion Meiers

Children’s literacy and numeracy skills in the year prior to school and the first year at school reveal wide variation. Marion Meiers and Kate Reid explain.


Literacy Learning In The Early Years, Marion Meiers Mar 2014

Literacy Learning In The Early Years, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers describes a workshop held in Delhi in February that addressed young children’s language and literacy knowledge.


Planning For Learning In The Early Years, Marion Meiers Mar 2014

Planning For Learning In The Early Years, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

The goal of a new suite of literacy and numeracy materials is to help teachers plan for learning in the early years, as ACER Senior Research Fellow, Marion Meiers, explains.


Conversations And Stories, Marion Meiers Jan 2014

Conversations And Stories, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Listening to stories, and talking with others about stories, have always been recognised as pleasurable activities for people of all ages. Activities that combine listening to stories and having conversations about the story can provide authentic and enjoyable opportunities in classrooms for teachers to observe and support students’ development in listening, talking and comprehending. A series of longitudinal research studies of young children’s developing knowledge and skills in literacy have been conducted at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) over the past decade. One of the significant challenges of this work has been to create opportunities for listening ...


Improving Consistency In Teacher Judgements : An Investigation For The Department Of Education, Victoria, Marion Meiers, Clare Ozolins, Phillip Mckenzie Oct 2013

Improving Consistency In Teacher Judgements : An Investigation For The Department Of Education, Victoria, Marion Meiers, Clare Ozolins, Phillip Mckenzie

Marion Meiers

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was commissioned by the Department of Education in Victoria to undertake an investigation of current best-practice approaches to ensuring consistency of teacher judgements against P-10 state-wide standards. The investigation encompassed national and international approaches that had been implemented or were under development. A key objective of the investigation was that the approaches identified should be based on current information, research and best practice, and that they should be supportive of the continued development of a learning and assessment culture in Victorian schools. The report of the investigation was required to provide key baseline ...


Literacy And Numeracy Interventions In The Early Years Of Schooling : A Literature Review : Report To The Ministerial Advisory Group On Literacy And Numeracy, Marion Meiers, Kate Reid, Phillip Mckenzie, Suzanne Mellor Sep 2013

Literacy And Numeracy Interventions In The Early Years Of Schooling : A Literature Review : Report To The Ministerial Advisory Group On Literacy And Numeracy, Marion Meiers, Kate Reid, Phillip Mckenzie, Suzanne Mellor

Marion Meiers

The NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in August 2012 to conduct a literature review of the evidence regarding the efficacy and effectiveness of the range of literacy and numeracy interventions in use in the early years of schooling (Years K–3). The review was commissioned on behalf of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy (MAGLN). A significant aspect of the MAGLN’s work involves the examination of evidence about literacy and numeracy teaching practices and interventions that are effective for children with varied learning needs. The overarching purpose ...


Editorial : Garth Boomer : 20 Years On?, Bill Green, Marion Meiers Dec 2012

Editorial : Garth Boomer : 20 Years On?, Bill Green, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Garth Boomer was perhaps the most important English educator of the last quarter of the 20th century, as well as being a major figure in Australian curriculum and schooling more generally.


Reflections On The Epic Challenge, 1989, Marion Meiers Dec 2012

Reflections On The Epic Challenge, 1989, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

The author reflects on the impact of an address by the noted Australian educator Garth Boomer to the 1989 joint national conference of the Australian Reading Association (now the Australian Literacy Educators' Association) and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English. It was challenging, explains the author, to be prompted to think of oneself, along with the whole audience, as 'advanced practitioners'. Garth acknowledged the conference participants as 'practicing or potential boundary riders, who have chosen to teach at the edges of your understandings rather than to operate from safe and stable ground'.


Teaching Critical Thinking, Doug Mccurry, Pat Knight, Marion Meiers Dec 2012

Teaching Critical Thinking, Doug Mccurry, Pat Knight, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This edition of The Research Digest is focuses on theory, research and policy issues related to the teaching of critical thinking. It examines different definitions and views of critical thinking, and different approaches to teaching critical thinking. In particular it examines ways of posing higher-order critical thinking questions and the teaching of routines for critical thinking. A key feature of this series of research digests is that each edition will focus on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2012). This issue makes links to Professional Knowledge, Standard 1, Know students and how they learn, and Standard 2, Know the ...


The Digest Edition 2009/2 : Talking To Learn: Dialogue In The Classroom, Catherine Scott, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

The Digest Edition 2009/2 : Talking To Learn: Dialogue In The Classroom, Catherine Scott, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This Digest is focused on research studies about using classroom talk for improving learning, and particularly on the use of teaching methods incorporating classroom dialogue. A selection of websites is listed and a full reference list provided. Links to those references for which full-text online access is freely available are also included. Classrooms are full of talk: some commentators have even suggested that schools are ‘saturated’ with it. There are different types of classroom talk for a range of different purposes. An international research study conducted in primary classrooms in five countries (the ‘Five Nations Study’) has demonstrated the powerful ...


Putting Achievement Growth In Context: Modeling Individual Growth In Literacy And Numeracy, Siek Toon Khoo, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

Putting Achievement Growth In Context: Modeling Individual Growth In Literacy And Numeracy, Siek Toon Khoo, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

No abstract provided.


Evaluation Of The Access To Excellence Initiative In Victorian Government Secondary Schools, Marion Meiers, Adrian Beavis, Lawrence Ingvarson Aug 2012

Evaluation Of The Access To Excellence Initiative In Victorian Government Secondary Schools, Marion Meiers, Adrian Beavis, Lawrence Ingvarson

Marion Meiers

Report prepared for the Department of Education and Training, Victoria.


Research Digest Edition 2007/1 : Writing To Learn, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

Research Digest Edition 2007/1 : Writing To Learn, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This edition of the Research Digest summarises key research studies that provide evidence of the potential of writing-to-learn approaches in improving student learning in a range of subject areas. The research tells us that writing-to-learn strategies can be used by any teacher, in all subject areas, and at all levels of schooling. Throughout the digest there are descriptions of a range of writing-to-learn strategies that demonstrate possibilities for classroom practice. This research digest is based on searches of a number of databases and bibliographic resources, including the Australian Education Index, ERIC, Education Research Complete, British Education Index and Scopus. The ...


Research Digest Edition 2008/1 : Managing Student Behaviour In The Classroom, Jenny Wilkinson, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

Research Digest Edition 2008/1 : Managing Student Behaviour In The Classroom, Jenny Wilkinson, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This edition of the Research Digest summarises some key research studies that suggest answers to questions such as: How important is behaviour management in effective teaching and learning? Does good behaviour management lead to improved learning outcomes for students? Throughout the digest there are descriptions of approaches that have practical application in classroom practice. This research digest is based on searches of a number of databases and bibliographic resources, including the Australian Education Index, ERIC, Education Research Complete, British Education Index and Scopus. The first section presents some insights from research about the importance of behaviour management in effective teaching ...


The Digest Edition 2008/2 : Using Data To Improve Student Learning, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

The Digest Edition 2008/2 : Using Data To Improve Student Learning, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This Digest is focused on studies that have investigated how data can be used in schools to examine teaching practices in order to improve student learning. A selection of relevant websites is listed, and a full reference list is provided. Links to those references for which full-text online access is freely available are also included. School systems, principals and teachers have access to an extensive range of data that can be used for a variety of purposes. Accountability processes and data have come to play a significant place in policy development and reform efforts. There is a large body of ...


The Digest Edition 2009/1 : The Use Of Icts In Schools In The Digital Age: What Does The Research Say?, Marion Meiers Aug 2012

The Digest Edition 2009/1 : The Use Of Icts In Schools In The Digital Age: What Does The Research Say?, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This edition of The Digest is focused on research that has investigated aspects of digital learning. The body of research sometimes described as ‘e-learning research’ encompasses many aspects of ICT in education, at many levels and in many contexts. For the purposes of this digest, the key question is What does research tell us about digital learning in schools? The first section of the digest is focused on the diverse uses of ICT in schools, and evidence about the ICT literacy of Australian students. This is followed by an overview of evidence about the impact of ICT on student learning ...


The Digest Edition 2010/1 : Successful Professional Learning, Marion Meiers, Sarah Buckley Aug 2012

The Digest Edition 2010/1 : Successful Professional Learning, Marion Meiers, Sarah Buckley

Marion Meiers

This edition of The Digest is focused on research into teacher learning and professional development. Teacher learning includes not only activities such as conferences and workshops, but also includes participation in many formal and informal learning activities. Recent research has focussed, amongst other things, on characteristics of successful professional learning, and on the connections between teachers’ professional learning and improvements in student learning. This research has the potential to assist teachers and schools in selecting and planning for professional learning, so that it will maximise the benefits for participants. The first section of this digest presents some research findings on ...


Using Student Work Portfolios In The Classroom : Tips For Teachers, Marion Meiers Sep 2011

Using Student Work Portfolios In The Classroom : Tips For Teachers, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

Portfolios of student work can be used in classrooms to support students' learning. Advice is provided on an introductory page for all students to place on the front pages of their portfolios, the contents of the portfolios, the students' role, collecting and selecting portfolio work samples, reviewing portfolios and giving feedback to students, using portfolios as classroom resources, and audiences for portfolios assembled by students.


Language In The Mathematics Classroom, Marion Meiers May 2010

Language In The Mathematics Classroom, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

This Digest is focused on research studies about language in the mathematics classroom. A selection of websites is listed and a full reference list provided. Links to those references for which full-text online access is freely available are also included.


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

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 ...


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

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.


Managing Longitudinal Research : An Account Of The First Six Years Of The Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study, Marion Meiers Mar 2010

Managing Longitudinal Research : An Account Of The First Six Years Of The Longitudinal Literacy And Numeracy Study, Marion Meiers

Marion Meiers

The ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS) was designed to follow the growth in literacy and numeracy of a single cohort of students across the years of primary school. The key research question in this seven-year longitudinal study is: 'What is the nature of literacy and numeracy development amongst Australian school children?' One way of responding to this question is to develop scales describing growth in literacy and numeracy. As a national longitudinal study, the LLANS has created an opportunity to develop achievement scales describing growth in literacy and numeracy from the very first year of schooling. The LLANS ...