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Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, The
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  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Rennie, Jennifer
      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Children's images of imagination: The language of
           drawings
    • Abstract: Latham, Gloria; Ewing, Robyn
      The beliefs teachers hold about children's imaginative capabilities directly influence their classroom practices. This paper reports on a small research study where the authors drew on an arts-based framework discussing two of Kieran Egan's cognitive tools - in particular, the Somatic and the Mythic - to better understand the drawings of 5-12 years old about their imaginations. Drawing is valued as a process of metacognitive and creative meaning making that helps to explain the children's thinking about where their imaginations are located and how they access their imaginations and creative ideas. The findings highlight the important role drawing can play in enabling teachers to access children's conceptual thinking. They also offer some insight into how children understand the role imagination plays in their lives and learning.

      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Examining literacy demands for children during
           teacher-led episodes of reading aloud across the transition from Preschool
           to Kindergarten
    • Abstract: Mantei, Jessica; Kervin, Lisa
      That an educator should read texts aloud to children is a cornerstone of literacy pedagogy. And although it is well established that reading aloud to children occurs frequently across educational contexts, less clear is the ways those unique contexts shape the text choices, teaching strategies and expectations for children's engagement with these literacy learning experiences. The findings shared in this paper sit within a larger study examining the changing literacy demands for learners across their schooling years. The paper examines the literacy learning demands during acts of reading aloud as they were offered in two pre-school settings (prior-to-school) and two Kindergarten classrooms (the first year of formal primary schooling). Analyses of classroom observations and teacher semi-structured interview transcripts through the interactions, the time structures, the use of space and of resources illustrate Bernstein's theory of visible and invisible literacy learning pedagogies evident in these representations of reading aloud. Considered in the paper are implications for children when pedagogical decisions constrain and enable early literacy learning. The paper contributes to existing understandings about early literacy learning by arguing for greater clarity in the ways the teaching of reading is positioned and articulated for children.

      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Morphology: Is it a means by which teachers can foster
           literacy development in older primary students with literacy learning
           difficulties'
    • Abstract: Denston, Amanda; Everatt, John; Parkhill, Faye; Marriott, Chuck
      This article details findings from research that involved a targeted literacy intervention developed for use with students with literacy learning difficulties (LLD). We discuss changes in the literacy skills of two groups of students with LLD over the course of the intervention that included explicit instruction in morphological awareness. Thirty-six students with LLD, from Years 4 to 6 participated in the two studies, which were held over one school year. Analyses indicated that in both studies students made significant gains in measures of literacy that included reading accuracy and reading comprehension. These findings suggest that teachers should consider how a focus on morphology and its associated derivational complexities, could benefit the literacy development of students with LLD.

      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Learning from new literacies: Effects on the academic
           achievements of English major undergraduate language learners
    • Abstract: Hui, Diane
      Can new literacies improve undergraduate students' academic achievements' Despite abundant new literacies research, few studies have explored their effects on discipline-based academic achievements in formal tertiary education specific to the Asian learners in the Asia-Pacific region. This study examines the complex relationships between perceived effects among undergraduate English students of new literacies and their disciplinary academic achievements in respect of their digital engagement levels. Using a mixed-methods research design, this study reports specifically on the empirical results of a survey conducted over two years with English language learners whose majors are predominately English (N = 66) within a formal Asian English language learning setting. Participants' survey responses were analysed with their semester-end course grades comprising individual assessment scores supplemented by additional qualitative data as triangulation. The results showed significant positive associations between participants' perceived effects of new literacies and academic achievements, concerning particularly 'academic literacies' and 'collaboration;' and between their digital engagement levels and the scores of the assessment tasks, involving especially the interactive and collaborative discourse. These results inform how 'efficacious learning' fostered by new literacies can transform the academic literacies essential for academic success. Pedagogical implications, methodological challenges and future research are discussed.

      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Examining preadolescent children's engagement in
           out-of-school literacy and exploring opportunities for supporting literacy
           development
    • Abstract: Cummings, Susan; McLaughlin, Tara; Finch, Brian
      In recent decades, technology has transformed children's everyday environments and the types of literacy-related skills that are valued in educational and workplace settings. New technologies have also brought with them new opportunities for children to develop literacy skills outside of the classroom. This study focuses on the out-of-school literacy-related activities of preadolescent children aged 9-11 years; an age range in which positive attitudes toward leisure reading decline while individual autonomy and peer influence typically increase. A mixed methods design, including a survey and semi-structured interviews, was used to explore the ways children engage in literacy activities across different technology formats, the types of literacy activities children found engaging, and the reasons children gave for engaging in those activities. Results showed children engage in a variety of literacy activities across multiple formats. A range of motivations and factors influenced their engagement, including communication, family practices, social relatedness, participation and identity, and the desire for autonomy and competence. Findings suggest that supporting preadolescent children in literacy activities will require an understanding of the complex and embedded nature of their activity choices in educational and social contexts. Implications for educators and new opportunities to support struggling students are discussed.

      PubDate: Thu, 31 May 2018 21:51:34 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Going public: Exploring the possibilities for
           publishing student interest-driven writing beyond the classroom
    • Abstract: Schmier, Stephanie Anne; Johnson, Elisabeth; Watulak, Sarah Lohnes
      This article presents a case drawn from a yearlong ethnographic inquiry with secondary school youth who engaged in publishing student interest-driven writing for audiences beyond the classroom. Informed by connected learning researchers' illustrations of the potential impact of connecting student self-interest with publishing in the academic sphere (Ito et al., 2013), we look deeply at the work of youth and teachers as they negotiated institutional spaces in a connected learning classroom. Specifically we share a case study of a student who went public with a text critical of her school's approach to Physical Education classes and advocating for change, highlighting the tensions that arose as her text circulated among audiences beyond the classroom. In doing so, we discover instructional implications and possibilities that can help teachers anticipate and create moments of learning that occur when texts are published for audiences beyond the classroom.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:27:05 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Influences on Australian adolescents' recreational
           reading
    • Abstract: Rutherford, Leonie; Merga, Margaret Kristin; Singleton, Andrew
      Competence in literacy skills has long been associated with educational (Moore, Bean, Birdyshaw and Rycik, 1999; Sullivan and Brown, 2015), vocational (Kirsch et al., 2002; Zasacka, 2014) and social achievement (Wilhelm, 2016). Since research indicates that reading as a recreational pursuit improves students' outcomes on a range of literacy measures, supporting adolescent reading in an age of personal media is a key issue for policy makers in fields as diverse as education, library science, youth programming and arts policy. In order to be effective advocates of reading in this digital era, these diverse stakeholders need to remain abreast of adolescents' reading engagement frequency, and factors influencing this engagement in a dynamic educational and social environment. As such, this paper seeks to provide insight into how age, gender, place of residency and maternal education may potentially influence adolescents' intensity of engagement in the literacy-supportive practice of recreational book reading.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:23:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Gesture as transduction of characterisation in
           children's literature animation adaptation
    • Abstract: Ngo, Thu
      Contemporary first language curricula such as the Australian Curriculum: English strongly advocates the teaching of multimodal digital literature in the form of film in which understanding how characterisation is developed is a key task in comprehending and composing literature. In printed literary work, characterisation relies on the only semiotic resource-language to directly or indirectly depict a character's personality. However, in digital multimodal literature such as film, language is only one among many resources including actions, body language, sound, cinematography, and lighting that all negotiate their shared roles to contribute to the characterisation process. This paper discusses the pivotal role of gesture in the characterisation of Coraline, the central character in a stop-motion animation adaptation of the novel with this name. The paper proposes a framework for examining attitudinal meanings in gesture from the perspective of systemic functional linguistics, which was applied to analyse the deployment of Coraline's gesture during points of tension in the movie. The analysis indicates that gesture and co-occuring speech by the character never realise the same kinds of attitudinal meanings. Even when the two semiotics converge, gesture always has more attitudinal meaning commitment (i.e., Graduation) than language. These findings call for a conceptual renovation in first language education curricula. The pivotal role of body language should be given the status it deserves if digital multimodal literature education is to be taken seriously as indicated in the curriculum.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:18:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - How less-skilled adult readers experience word-reading
    • Abstract: McHardy, Janet; Wildy, Helen; Chapman, Elaine
      Reading skills are central to the development of over-all literacy but large numbers of adults worldwide continue to experience complex reading difficulties, in particular at the word level. Less-developed adult reading skills have negative impacts on personal wellbeing including health, earning ability, and family and social life. Low literacy skills can be disadvantageous for families and communities. However, current adult literacy initiatives are dominated by economic priorities and the experiences of individuals are frequently overlooked. In this study narrative inquiry was used to understand the experiences of 36 less-skilled adult readers in Western Australia and New Zealand as they attempted to read words. A metaphor of following a path through woodland was used to illustrate the difficulties in readers' experiences. Four themes of word-reading experiences are identified: locked out, anxious, wandering and persistent readers, and presented as a narrative. Each narrative tells of individuals' thoughts and experiences as they read words. It is argued that the narratives build appreciation of individuals' experiences and offer insights for understanding adult reading needs. The on-going confusions of readers, and diversity of the described word-reading difficulties, support calls for specific professional learning for adult-reading teachers on how to diagnose and effectively address word-reading difficulties.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:13:25 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Rennie, Jennifer
      PubDate: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:05:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Classroom assessment and picture books - strategies
           for assessing how students interpret multimodal texts
    • Abstract: Callow, Jon
      This article presents findings from a study investigating assessment strategies for primary students in their comprehension of visual and written text in picture books. The data is drawn from a larger pilot study in an urban setting of a large Australian city, engaging with 40 students across 4 grade stages from Foundation to Year 6. This article focuses on 7 students in the first year of school (Foundation). The study involved discussion, observation, questioning and drawing activities based on a common picture book for each grade. The assessment tasks, undertaken as individual interviews, were informed by functional semiotics and multimodal theory, and included a focus on visual metalanguage. The findings are discussed in terms of the effectiveness of the questions and assessment strategies, interpretations of children's responses and the application for classroom use to support teachers in assessing their own students' multimodal knowledge.

      PubDate: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:05:21 GMT
       
 
 
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