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ERIC Number: EJ995257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Applying the Theory of Variation in Teaching Reading
Tong, Siu Yin Annie
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v37 n10 article 1 Oct 2012
This paper presents a model of collaborative and reflective professional development for teachers that focuses on student learning. The model comprises a cyclical series of lessons that were carried out in Hong Kong with 94 Secondary Four (Grade 10) students. The lessons were designed to develop the reading skill of inferring characters' traits from the events of a story--a skill that presents difficulties for many secondary school students of English as a second language. The learning activities in the research lessons were underpinned by the Theory of Variation proposed by Marton and Booth (1997), which allows students to discern the critical features of the particular skill to be learnt. Findings indicate that the lessons were successful in helping the students develop the skill. Teachers also benefitted from the collaborative reflections and investigations. The paper suggests that this model may enhance both student learning and teacher professional development. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong