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Bliss, Lauren; Bacalja, Alexander – Australian Educational Researcher, 2021
This paper reports findings from a research project investigating text lists in the Senior Victorian English curriculum between 2010 and 2019. Policy documents emphasise the need for the English curriculum to foster values of inclusivity and diversity of culture and for texts that reflect these values in constructive and affirmative senses. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Curriculum, Inclusion, Diversity
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Smith, Reid; Snow, Pamela; Serry, Tanya; Hammond, Lorraine – Reading Psychology, 2021
A critical review was conducted to determine the influence background knowledge has on the reading comprehension of primary school-aged children. We identified twenty-three studies that met our criteria and focused on the links between background knowledge and reading comprehension of children in the mid to late primary years. Review findings…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Prior Learning, Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students
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Purcell, Mary Elizabeth – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2020
Recent rapid increase in the number of Australians of Asian backgrounds has significantly altered the demographic mosaic in schools. This has major ramifications for Australian classrooms with regards to the transnational exchanges now ubiquitous. In response, this paper proposes a view of cosmopolitanism as "transnational literacy" as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Background, Asians, Teaching Methods
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Phillips, Sandra R.; Archer-Lean, Clare – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
First Nations writing within English literary studies risks contemporary colonisation if encountered as a literary object for close reading without context or reflection on the role of the reader. This article will explore the processes involved in constructing an innovative reading practice amongst tertiary students to counter the potential for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, College Students, Social Bias
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Merga, Margaret Kristin – English in Education, 2019
While librarians in schools often face significant budgetary cuts, they can play an important role in supporting learning in literacy and literature. However, little is known about the practices that they may employ to this end. Of particular interest is the role of librarians in schools in supporting struggling readers, as these students may be…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Library Role
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Carden, Clarissa – History of Education, 2018
This paper examines the way in which narratives, including stories and poetry, have been used in school texts relating to moral instruction. The paper will draw on texts used in Queensland classrooms in the early part of the twentieth century to demonstrate the ways in which description of sights and the experiences of the senses, and of…
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Educational History, Poetry
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McGraw, Kelli; van Leent, Lisa – English in Australia, 2018
In this paper we report the results of an analysis underpinned by a critical orientation seeking non-heteronormative representations of sexualities in an official English curriculum text list. Content and thematic analyses were conducted to establish the extent to which diverse sexualities are represented in the 'sample text list' for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Cheung, Kelly; O'Sullivan, Kerry-Ann – English in Australia, 2017
Manga and anime may no longer be the "new kids" in wider media culture but they are relatively new texts for study in the secondary English classroom. Manga and anime support teachers in their work towards inclusive classroom practices and build multimodal literacies but the cartoony face of the medium belies a depth of analysis required…
Descriptors: Cartoons, English Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality
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McDonald, Sarah – English in Australia, 2016
Historically, the position of girls as marginalised users of the education system has been acknowledged, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. However, reflection upon the current "list of prescribed texts", which makes up part of the South Australian Certificate of Education Board's English Studies outline, as well as the author's…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Reading Materials, English Instruction, English Literature
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Unsworth, Len – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2014
Interpreting the image-language interface in multimodal texts is now well recognized as a crucial aspect of reading comprehension in a number of official school syllabi such as the recently published Australian Curriculum: English (ACE). This article outlines the relevant expected student learning outcomes in this curriculum and draws attention to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests
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Barber, Karen Slikas – TESOL in Context, 2014
Much has been written about the importance of extensive reading for the development of language fluency, yet it is not often an activity of choice by students as a means of improving language learning. Many of my multi-level (elementary-intermediate) Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE) students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Recreational Reading, Migrants
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Hickling-Hudson, Anne – International Review of Education, 2014
The author of this paper considers the influence of Paulo Freire's pedagogical philosophy on educational practice in three different geographical/political settings. She begins with reflections on her experience as a facilitator at Freire's seminar, held in Grenada in 1980 for teachers and community educators, on the integration of work and study.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Case Studies
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James, Margaret – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2014
On entering school, rural Australian children from Indigenous backgrounds are thrown into an unfamiliar environment, linguistically and culturally, which sets them up for failure. The author, working closely with elders and community in Alice Springs, has drawn on her considerable experience in both Indigenous education and TESOL to address this…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Reid, Ian – English in Australia, 2013
A national survey of senior secondary English curriculum content has confirmed that contemporary literature predominates among set texts, being seen as an "essential" category for study because of its "relevance" in helping students "understand the world in which they live." Perhaps uncontentious¬†-- depending on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Secondary Education
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Piscioneri, Matthew; Hlavac, Jim – Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 2013
Despite reading being recognized as a core academic skill, surprisingly little research has been undertaken into university lecture reading requirements. This article reports on the trial and evaluation of a minimalist reading model developed for students in arts and education subjects. Comprising annotated extracts from full texts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Lists, Delivery Systems, Models
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