ERIC Number: EJ899480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Ladies & Gentlemen, Girls & Boys, Grandparents & Community Members: Welcome to the Wowan State Primary School Theatre Restaurant!
Education in Rural Australia, v17 n2 p68-79 2007
In recent years, the teaching staff from the Central Queensland school of Wowan State Primary School have been responding to recently released Education Queensland initiatives or whole school literacy planning, "Literate Futures: Reading" (Education Queensland, 2002), and a framework for pedagogical reform, "Productive Pedagogies" (Education Queensland, 2006). This article recounts one of their whole school showcase projects that exemplifies the innovative and connected ways this group of small school rural teachers are working to better students' engagement with the multiple demands of literacy in complex new times. Wowan State Primary School's "Theatre Restaurant 2006" project was awarded a National Literacy & Numeracy Week Celebration Grant in 2006 for its effectiveness in creating real life literacy projects for its students and its connectedness to the wider community. This article also serves to contribute to the dearth of research on literacy in rural communities (Green & Reid, 2004; Reid, Edwards & Power, 2004) and correct myths that rural teachers are not highly skilled and fail to connect to their community (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2000; Clandinin & Connelly, 2004; Motley, Rossi & King, 2005) or that small multi-age rural schools do not provide exemplar practices worthy of national attention (see Sharplin, 2002; Jarzabkowski, 2003; Shelton, 2004).
Descriptors: Small Schools, Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Dining Facilities, Educational Change, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Faculty Development, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Misconceptions, Drama
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.spera.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia