ERIC Number: ED458609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
More than a Sound a Week.
This position paper is a product of Australia's Primary English Teaching Association. The paper looks at the capabilities of Australian children upon their entry into kindergarten. It argues that a new breed of learners needs a new set of practices to support their literacy learning. The paper focuses on a study in which writing samples were collected from five New South Wales (NSW) schools. It states that the samples were drawn from the western and northern suburbs of Sydney and from the south and central coasts of NSW and represent very diverse student populations. It also states that the study found that most of the samples collected indicated that children begin school with a diverse knowledge of how print works and that most samples revealed a high level of literacy expertise on the new kindergartners' part. The paper concludes that too many teachers waste children's time by teaching them what they already know, and it outlines some principles for instructional change. (Includes 19 samples of kindergartners' writing.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Classroom Research, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Literacy, Primary Education, School Readiness, Writing Research
Primary English Teaching Association, P.O. Box 3106, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia. Tel: (02) 9565 1277; Fax: (02) 9565 1070; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.peta.edu.au.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Newtown (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia