Literacy

Report

15 Sep 2017

Background

In May 2016, the Australian Government released Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes, an evidence-based approach to schools reform to improve learning outcomes for all Australian students. As part of this reform, a...

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Audio interview

21 Feb 2017

New South Wales has announced an overhaul of its Higher School Certificate syllabus with a renewed focus on writing and advanced maths.

It's the first major reform in sixteen years and will come into effect from 2018.

The state government says the changes will better prepare...

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Report

03 Feb 2017

Literacy and Adult Basic Education (LABE) is a non-government organisation (NGO) operating in Uganda. LABE has extensive experience in adult and basic education, particularly in relation to women and girls’ education in remote and difficult settings of Uganda. Between 2009 and 2013 LABE...

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Survey

16 Jan 2017

1,500 teachers, policy-makers and literacy academics across range of countries, including Australia and New Zealand, were asked to rate 17 literacy topics as either "hot' or "important" in this global survey.

Introduction
THE WHAT’S HOT SURVEY FINDINGS first...

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Research report

13 Dec 2016

Introduction

About ACARA

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority focused on improving the learning of all young Australians through a national curriculum, the national assessment program...

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Research report

24 Nov 2016

In order to read proficiently, students need accurate and fluent word identification skills and adequate language comprehension. Put simply, they must be able to work out what the words on the page or screen are, and know what they mean.

The most effective way to develop accurate and...

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Strategy

21 Sep 2016

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 is a plan to ensure NSW students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need for success in learning and in life. Literacy and numeracy skills will be described clearly, taught explicitly, assessed meaningfully and reported regularly...

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Research report

24 Jul 2016

Effective communication and advocacy activities are essential components in initiating change in education practices and policies. ACER, through the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre provided support to OMAES (Oeuvre Malienne d’Aide à l’Enfance du Sahel), a non-governmental organisation...

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Conference paper

02 Jul 2016

The purpose of this paper and session is fourfold. Firstly, we outline an enduring educational and social problem, poor levels of literacy amongst some adults, including students in higher education, and a potential innovative solution – the gamification of literacy learning. The problem of...

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Report

30 Jun 2016

This report looks at how the skills of New Zealand adults compare to other countries and how they have changed over time. Also explored is how skills in New Zealand vary by age, ethnicity, gender and migration status.

The Survey of Adult Skills measures the skills of New Zealand adults in...

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Research report

28 Jun 2016

This is one of three summary reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers key findings on how New Zealand adults’ skills compare internationally and on the skill levels of different groups of New Zealanders.

Key findings

  • »  New Zealand adults’ literacy and
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Research report

15 Jun 2016

United We Read is an early intervention program in the disadvantaged suburbs of Elizabeth Park and Elizabeth Downs (Adelaide) that aims to build foundation literacy skills in children aged from birth to 5 years, run by United Way South Australia. The program involves a monthly literacy kit...

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Research report

07 Mar 2016

Overview

How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit...

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Commentary

Article

11 Feb 2016

An early intervention program targeted at children struggling to read may not be delivering the results its advocates promise. Reading Recovery has been around since the 1970s, but its effectiveness is increasingly being called into doubt.

If you have a child who develops reading...

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Research report

01 Dec 2015

Overview

Every year the taking of NAPLAN examinations and the dissemination of NAPLAN results generates considerable media coverage and community discussion about schools and school education outcomes.

This paper discusses the origins, objectives and main features...

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Evaluation

Report

25 Nov 2015

This evaluation examined the impact of Reading Recovery (RR) on students' outcomes in NSW government schools. The evaluation found some evidence that RR has a modest short-term effect on reading skills among the lowest performing students. However, RR does not appear to be an effective...

Research report

01 Aug 2015

Language development

Developing language skills is one of the most important tasks of early childhood; language is at the foundation of all of the skills that children need for life. When children have a language impairment, they can struggle to make and keep friends,...

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Research report

17 Jul 2015

This report presents findings from a pilot study to identify current Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) and Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices in TAFE’s Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing). The findings provide an important insight into the current provision of foundation...

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Conference paper

08 Jul 2015

Introduction

Reading Recovery (RR) was developed by Marie Clay during the 1970s (Clay, 1979) while she was an academic staff member of the University of Auckland (one of New Zealand’s 8 public universities). The program was funded by the New Zealand Department of...

Research report

20 Jun 2015

Overview: The ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) is the peak body for public libraries in Australia. Our committee comprises the chair of every state-based public library association, a senior representative from the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library...

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