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What Information From Pisa Is Useful For Teachers? How Can Pisa Help Our Students To Become More Proficient?, Juliette Mendelovits, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley Sep 2013

What Information From Pisa Is Useful For Teachers? How Can Pisa Help Our Students To Become More Proficient?, Juliette Mendelovits, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley

Juliette Mendelovits

A frequent objection to large-scale testing programs, both national and international, is that they are used as an instrument of control, rather than as a means of providing information to effect change. Moreover, concerns about large-scale testing often take the form of objection to the specific characteristics of the assessments as being prescriptive and proscriptive, leading to a narrowing of the curriculum and the spectre of 'teaching to the test' to the exclusion of more important educational content. Taking PISA reading literacy as its focus, this paper proposes, on the contrary, that a coherent assessment system is valuable in so ...


Science Vocabulary Achievement For English Language Learners, Krista Miglorie Dec 2009

Science Vocabulary Achievement For English Language Learners, Krista Miglorie

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

A growing trend in American education suggests a rising population of students who do not speak English as their native language. Vocabulary development for these students is a necessary building block for future academic achievement. Since literacy depends on language acquisition, this research was undertaken with a focus on students within the English Learner Language population. School districts, pressured by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, are exploring ways to lessen the achievement gap. The purpose of this specific study, then, was to research potential instructional strategies for pre-kindergarten students who are English Language Learners (ELLS). The central ...


Successful Sustainable Literacy Practice For Indigenous Students, Nola Purdie Nov 2009

Successful Sustainable Literacy Practice For Indigenous Students, Nola Purdie

Indigenous Education Research

The author discusses current approaches to the literacy education of Indigenous students within the context of best practice literacy education for all students. Issues addressed include: Literacy and disadvantaged groups; Literacy programs for Indigenous Australian Students; Teachers and literacy learning; Assessment and measurement of literacy learning; and good literacy curriculum.


Working For And With Latino/Latina Immigrant Newcomers In The English Language Arts Classroom, Bernadette Musetti, Spencer Salas, Theresa Perez Nov 2009

Working For And With Latino/Latina Immigrant Newcomers In The English Language Arts Classroom, Bernadette Musetti, Spencer Salas, Theresa Perez

Faculty Publications

The article discusses how the English language arts practitioners work with the Latin immigrants who are newcomers in learning English language in middle and high school in the U.S. Accordingly, practitioners provide more instructional time to contextualized learning and literacy on first and second language and advocate them to attain a high level of literacy. Moreover, it states that the literacy development of the newcomers must be anchored in patience, flexibility and conscientiousness.


The Black-White Achievement Gap Amongst Struggling Readers: A Case Study Of Early Intervention Outcomes In Massachusetts, Emily Dexter, Jessica Simon Oct 2009

The Black-White Achievement Gap Amongst Struggling Readers: A Case Study Of Early Intervention Outcomes In Massachusetts, Emily Dexter, Jessica Simon

NERA Conference Proceedings 2009

A number of analyses of large data sets have suggested that the reading achievement gap between African American and White U.S. is negligible or small at school entry, but widens substantially during the school years because African American students show slower rates of growth in elementary and secondary school. Identifying when and why gaps occur, therefore, is a an important research endeavor. In addition, being able to predict which African American children are most likely to fall behind can contribute to efforts to close the achievement gap. This paper analyzes first grade and third grade data on African American ...


Language And Speech Predictors Of Reading Achievement In Preschool Children With Language Disorders, Juliet K. Haarbauer-Krupa Oct 2009

Language And Speech Predictors Of Reading Achievement In Preschool Children With Language Disorders, Juliet K. Haarbauer-Krupa

Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders Dissertations

ABSTRACT LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PREDICTORS OF READING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN WITH LANGUAGE DISORDERS by Juliet K. Haarbauer-Krupa The purpose of this longitudinal study was to examine the relationship between language and reading in children diagnosed with developmental language disorder (DLD) during preschool. An archival data set was available for analysis. Preschool children with DLD who were assessed between 35 and 74 months for preschool language and speech abilities (Rapin, 1996) returned for language, speech and reading testing at age seven years. Children who enrolled in the study were a clinically referred sample, met criteria for average nonverbal intellectual functioning ...


Laying The Foundation For Literacy (Full Report), Syracuse University. Maxwell School. Community Benchmarks Program Oct 2009

Laying The Foundation For Literacy (Full Report), Syracuse University. Maxwell School. Community Benchmarks Program

Community Benchmarks Program

The purpose of this report is to provide baseline data for eight indicators developed by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) to measure the organization’s success in achieving their mission of 100% literacy through 100% Community Engagement.

1. Percent of children who are read to daily 2. Percent of incoming kindergarteners prepared for school. 3. Percent of K-12 students meeting proficiency standards on New York State English and Language Arts assessment. 4. Percent of youth graduating from high school. 5. Percent of adult learners who make educational gain. 6. Percent of adult learners entering or retaining employment. 7 ...


A Family Strengths Approach To Early Language And Literacy Development, Deborah Carter, David J. Chard, Juli Pool Sep 2009

A Family Strengths Approach To Early Language And Literacy Development, Deborah Carter, David J. Chard, Juli Pool

Deborah Russell Carter

Language and literacy skills are an essential element of young children’s development and allow them to interact meaningfully with other people and to develop knowledge in all subject areas. Despite the importance of language and literacy development, however, more than one third of children in the United States enter school with significant differences in language, early literacy skills, and motivation to learn that place them at considerable risk for developing long-term reading difficulties. The quantity and quality of language interactions children have with their parents and exposure to print in their home environment prior to entering school have an ...


Integrating Language And Literature: Teaching Textual Analysis With Input And Output Activities And An Input‐To‐Output Approach, Stacey Weber-Fève Aug 2009

Integrating Language And Literature: Teaching Textual Analysis With Input And Output Activities And An Input‐To‐Output Approach, Stacey Weber-Fève

World Languages and Cultures Publications

The Modern Language Association report and Profession issue from summer 2007 (Geisler et al., 2007) are highly indicative of the increasingly debated concerns in the profession surrounding (1) the traditional division of foreign language curriculum between “language” and “literature” and (2) the instruction of textual analysis (or practice of close reading) in the student‐centered literature classroom. In this article, I discuss the need in the profession to address the contemporary problems inherited from the traditional “language‐literature” divide and postulate the use of close reading as a tactic to overcome this traditional divide. This article specifically addresses the issue ...


Literacy And The Substitute Teacher, Lindsay Christine Helen Gaylor Aug 2009

Literacy And The Substitute Teacher, Lindsay Christine Helen Gaylor

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Substitute teachers maintain a significant role in the education of children in the United States. Every day substitute teachers face a variety of challenges in responding to instructional techniques and strategies for a given classroom or instructional period. The responsibility to provide the best possible education, even in the brief time they are present, can be difficult due to poorly prepared lesson plans and unfamiliarity with classroom routines. This remains an ongoing obstacle to quality instruction. In order to provide quality education to children and to help ensure that they meet educational standards, school personnel and administrators cannot dismiss the ...


Literacy And Numeracy Diagnostic Tools : An Evaluation, Margaret Forster Aug 2009

Literacy And Numeracy Diagnostic Tools : An Evaluation, Margaret Forster

Monitoring Learning

Within the context of a national drive to improve literacy and numeracy learning, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is looking at the possibility of developing a set of literacy and numeracy diagnostic tools for use in Australian schools. This scoping study—a relatively small scale piece of work designed as a first step from which DEEWR might move forward—is not a direct study of ‘what works to improve literacy and numeracy’. Its focus is on the identification and evaluation of the print and on-line literacy and numeracy diagnostic tools used currently in Australian schools. Particular ...


Critical Literacy With English Language Learners, Susan Adams, Kathryn Brooks Jul 2009

Critical Literacy With English Language Learners, Susan Adams, Kathryn Brooks

Susan Adams

Workshop presented at the Reggio Collaborative Conference, Indianapolis, IN, August 2009.


Getting Boys To Read: A Look At The Research And The Books They Love, Carrie Lynn Cooper, Kathy Cox Watson Jul 2009

Getting Boys To Read: A Look At The Research And The Books They Love, Carrie Lynn Cooper, Kathy Cox Watson

Library Faculty and Staff Papers and Presentations

This session focuses on what the research says about males as readers and introduces the audience to great boy books and other types of text that appeals to male readers. The presenters have chosen titles from the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards program that are of interest to young male readers. Presenters also introduce and promote Kentucky’s children’s choice reading program, the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards. To misquote George Ella Lyon, the presenters would like to get boys to "shake hands with a book."


Getting Boys To Read: A Look At The Research And The Books They Love, Carrie Lynn Cooper Dean Of Libraries, Kathy Cox Watson Jul 2009

Getting Boys To Read: A Look At The Research And The Books They Love, Carrie Lynn Cooper Dean Of Libraries, Kathy Cox Watson

Kathy Cox Watson

This session focuses on what the research says about males as readers and introduces the audience to great boy books and other types of text that appeals to male readers. The presenters have chosen titles from the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards program that are of interest to young male readers. Presenters also introduce and promote Kentucky’s children’s choice reading program, the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards. To misquote George Ella Lyon, the presenters woudl like to get boys to "shake hands with a book."


Principals As Partners With Literacy Coaches: Striking A Balance Between Neglect And Interference, Jacy Ippolito Jun 2009

Principals As Partners With Literacy Coaches: Striking A Balance Between Neglect And Interference, Jacy Ippolito

Jacy Ippolito

What role must principals play in order to effectively support literacy coaching efforts? This is a question that many educators have begun to ask (Burkins, 2007; Casey, 2006; Kral, 2007; Shanklin, 2007; Steiner & Kowal, 2007; Toll, 2008). Some suggest that principals can establish close relationships with literacy coaches by offering a number of structural supports (e.g., clear job descriptions, regular professional development, common planning times, and a school literacy team), as well as a number of relational supports (e.g., modeling collaboration and participation for teachers) (Kral, 2007; Shanklin, 2007). Others suggest that principals must participate actively in coaching ...


Improving Literacy And Numeracy Outcomes, Geoff Masters Jun 2009

Improving Literacy And Numeracy Outcomes, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

No abstract provided.


Social Justice, Pedagogy And Multiliteracies: Developing Communities Of Practice For Teacher Education, Wendy Cumming-Potvin Jun 2009

Social Justice, Pedagogy And Multiliteracies: Developing Communities Of Practice For Teacher Education, Wendy Cumming-Potvin

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Celebrating and responding equitably to diversity have become increasingly essential for teachers’ work in the new millennium, which is characterized by shifting local and global communities. Aiming to broaden conceptions of teacher education within a predominantly ‘back to basics’ literacy environment, this article draws on selected results from a qualitative study underpinned by the metaphor of communities of practice (Wenger, 1998; Wenger et al., 2002). Conducted in Western Australia, the project involved a small group of pre-service teachers using a pedagogy of ‘Multiliteracies’ (The New London Group, 2000) in face-to-face and on-line settings to construct understandings about literacy learning and ...


The Enactment Of Hegemony Through Identity Construction: Insights From Thepresentation Of Self In Everyday Life, Brendaly Drayton, Esther Prins May 2009

The Enactment Of Hegemony Through Identity Construction: Insights From Thepresentation Of Self In Everyday Life, Brendaly Drayton, Esther Prins

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper uses Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis to examine how hegemony maintains its power and influence in the life of the individual. The analysis reveals that the power of hegemony lies in the construction of particular identities that shape our interactions and limit our imagined futures.


Writer’S Workshop: Promoting Peer Relationships On Early Literacy, Jim Labrie May 2009

Writer’S Workshop: Promoting Peer Relationships On Early Literacy, Jim Labrie

All Graduate Projects

Writer's Workshop and the influence of peer relationships and art on young children's literacy development were explored. There was found to be a direct correlation between children's art/drawings on their literacy development. Peer interactions during writing were also found to positively impact young writers. Peers and art do impact early literacy and have influences on Writer's Workshop and children's attitudes toward writing. Based on this research a handbook was developed to aid educators in planning a Writer's Workshop model, developing peer relationships during writing, and assessing student writing.


Teacher Identity In The Context Of Literacy Teaching: Three Explorations Of Classroom Positioning And Interaction In Secondary Schools, Leigh A. Hall, Amy Suzanne Johnson, Mary M. Juzwik, Stanton Wortham, Melissa Mosley May 2009

Teacher Identity In The Context Of Literacy Teaching: Three Explorations Of Classroom Positioning And Interaction In Secondary Schools, Leigh A. Hall, Amy Suzanne Johnson, Mary M. Juzwik, Stanton Wortham, Melissa Mosley

GSE Publications

This article presents the results of three separate studies of literacy teaching and learning in the U.S. that explore the social functions of language, specifically focused on the identity development of literacy learners and teachers. Each study offers a detailed account of how literate identities are constructed and enacted and the positive and negative consequences that occur for teachers and students when they are enacted. Taken together, these three studies demonstrate how teachers’ and students’ understandings of identity can promote or inhibit literacy teaching and learning.


A Family Strengths Approach To Early Language And Literacy Development, Deborah Carter, David J. Chard, Juli Pool Apr 2009

A Family Strengths Approach To Early Language And Literacy Development, Deborah Carter, David J. Chard, Juli Pool

Special Education and Early Childhood Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations

Language and literacy skills are an essential element of young children’s development and allow them to interact meaningfully with other people and to develop knowledge in all subject areas. Despite the importance of language and literacy development, however, more than one third of children in the United States enter school with significant differences in language, early literacy skills, and motivation to learn that place them at considerable risk for developing long-term reading difficulties. The quantity and quality of language interactions children have with their parents and exposure to print in their home environment prior to entering school have an ...


Gsu's Long Named "2009 Mover & Shaker" By Library Journal Apr 2009

Gsu's Long Named "2009 Mover & Shaker" By Library Journal

Georgia Library Quarterly

The article reports on the inclusion of Georgia State University librarian Casey Long to the list of "Movers & Shakers" for 2009 in the March issue of "Library Journal." The lbrarian was chosen by the journal because of her determination to improve student information literacy. Information in given on her role and functions as a business liaison librarian for the Georgia State University Library. It also explores the awards and recognition given to the librarian. The librarian expects to ensure all undergraduate business students are prepared with the information-seeking skills necessary for success in their careers.


Information Literacy: Finding And Using Information, January 2009, Heather Leary, Anne R. Diekema, Wendy Holliday Mar 2009

Information Literacy: Finding And Using Information, January 2009, Heather Leary, Anne R. Diekema, Wendy Holliday

Heather Leary, Ph.D.

This course is for learning information literacy skills, especially those related to using an academic library and the Internet for college-level research. The course uses a modified problem-based learning approach to give you an authentic and hands-on experience with the subject matter. The purpose of this course is to help you learn about information, the tools that can be used to find, evaluate, and share it, and to practice the skills you have learned.

It is designed for students and teachers in higher education, but can be modified easily for other learners. The course assumes basic Internet capabilities (browser navigation ...


Modernizing The Reading Clinic Through Research And Exploration, Evan T. Ortlieb, Gina M. Doepker Mar 2009

Modernizing The Reading Clinic Through Research And Exploration, Evan T. Ortlieb, Gina M. Doepker

SoTL Commons Conference

Reading clinics are not only necessary, but pertinent in the age of educational assessment, accountability, and best practices. Assessing and individualizing instruction are only facets of what encompasses a reading clinic; the structure of a reading clinic must be representative of the needs of students today. A 10-step model for creating and maintaining a successful reading clinic for students will be discussed to ensure maximal learning for both preservice tutors and their tutees. Unique features include expanding literacy opportunities with technology, meta-monitoring of tutoring sessions, and facilitating continual professional development for preservice educators. Attendees will acquire knowledge of characteristics of ...


In Defense Of Playfulness, Peter J. Nelsen Mar 2009

In Defense Of Playfulness, Peter J. Nelsen

Occasional Paper Series

Nelsen argues that the loss of play has unwittingly provoked a loss of critical thinking and civic engagement.


Reading In The Hyperconnected Information Era: Lessons From The Beijing Ticket Scam, Alison Ruth Mar 2009

Reading In The Hyperconnected Information Era: Lessons From The Beijing Ticket Scam, Alison Ruth

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

In this paper I argue that the kinds of literacy needed for making sense of information on websites is more nuanced and embedded in our everyday context that we are currently providing for learners. The kinds of analysis of websites which allow the processing of information in context are presented. This is demonstrated by an analysis of a scam site, which sold non-existent tickets to the Beijing Olympics and a description of a phishing attempt at Twitter. The skills required to understand information presented on the web have evolved far quicker than the parallel shifts in road safety skills, and ...


What Television Can (And Can't) Do To Promote Early Literacy Development, Annie Moses, Mcmullen Benson Feb 2009

What Television Can (And Can't) Do To Promote Early Literacy Development, Annie Moses, Mcmullen Benson

Annie M. Moses

The article focuses on a study which examined the impact of television programs on children's early literacy development in the U.S. The study revealed that entertainment television causes children to be less engaged in reading as well as in other educational activities. However, it found that watching educational programming can enhance literacy skills and behaviors early on and can promote academic motivation and interest. Moreover, it indicated that watching a moderate amount of educational programming will develop children's positive literacy habits and skills.


Parts Of The Whole: Is Everything Equally Important?, Dorothy Wallace Jan 2009

Parts Of The Whole: Is Everything Equally Important?, Dorothy Wallace

Numeracy

Two strategies are proposed for sorting out priorities and goals in education. At the college level the column argues that goals, and therefore requirements, should be set based on the desired knowledge base of the entire population rather than the individual. At the scale of a single K-12 classroom the column argues that priority be given to content requiring most instructor intervention, describing how the structure of class time and school activities would change as a result. Implementation of these strategies would lead to more efficient use of teacher’s time and effort, better allocation of systemic resources, and clarity ...


Increasing The Literacy Of Unmotivated Young Adolescent African American Males, Ashley Chestnut Jan 2009

Increasing The Literacy Of Unmotivated Young Adolescent African American Males, Ashley Chestnut

The Corinthian

In response to the question “How can I increase the literacy of the unmotivated African American males whom I teach?,” two literature groups were established with eight fifth grade African American male students from a public elementary school in Milledgeville, Georgia. In order to investigate the influence of mentors on the literacy, behavior, motivation, and social development of these students, an African American male college sophomore led one group, and I, a Caucasian female student teacher, led the other literature group. Data was obtained via observations of the participants in these two groups. Throughout this study, changes in the academic ...


From Juicy To Rooftop And Other Lines In Between: Teaching Remedial Reading To First Year College Students, Darlene Ferguson-Russell Jan 2009

From Juicy To Rooftop And Other Lines In Between: Teaching Remedial Reading To First Year College Students, Darlene Ferguson-Russell

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

The qualitative method of story is used in this article to discuss the author's work in teaching a remedial college reading course for the first time. The article highlights the instructional methods and community-building exercises used to critically teach basic reading to an educationally and culturally diverse group of first year college students at a predominantly White institution. The author discusses the approach to the course and interactions with students using a culturally responsive teaching framework. She illustrates how reading instruction can be contoured around music, popular culture issues and students' interests in order to exercise essential reading skill ...