Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures (UniSA)


An evaluation of the 2003 South Australian literacy and numeracy tests

Commissioned by the Australian Education Union (SA), this report identifies significant shortcomings in the 2003 literacy and numeracy testing conducted in South Australian schools. The authors argue that well-designed standardised tests can be useful as one part of an assessment regime, but the current tests...

Place, Time And Stigmatised Youthful Identities: Bad Boys In Paradise

This paper by Anna Kraack and Jane Kenway, first published in Special Issue of Rural Sociology on Rural Youth (2002), focuses on rural young people in time and space, examining the implications of changes in their location for their youthful identities and reputations-particularly those of...

Deficient "Disadvantaged Students" or media-savvy meaning makers? Engaging new metaphors for redesigning classrooms and pedagogies

In this article article submitted to the McGill Journal of Education, Pat Thomson and Barbara Comber argue that students in disadvantaged schools are very often seen as lacking in ability, motivation and appropriate academic skills. In a practitioner-university co-research project which investigated literacy learning, information...