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Reeves, Sam Simpson; Exley, Beryl; Dillon-Wallace, Julie – English in Australia, 2018
Since 2008, secondary school English teachers have been at the receiving end of contradictory advice on how to best prepare their students for the literacy component of the National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). On the one hand, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) asserts that the 'best…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, National Competency Tests
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Griffiths, Pauline – English in Australia, 2018
The ancient literary form of commonplace books offers rich possibilities to students and teachers of English in Australian schools in the 21st century. By briefly tracing early uses of commonplace books and examining contemporary approaches to the teaching of writing, this paper re-imagines the 15th century commonplace book as a personal learning…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English Instruction, Foreign Countries, Books
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Bibbens, Timothy – English in Australia, 2018
This paper provides a description of practice outlining changes made to English assessment structures for the purpose of facilitating improved teaching and learning. These changes, which included marking, feedback, reporting, and the evaluation of the efficacy of teaching, were implemented across Years 7 to 10 English classes in an independent…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, English Instruction, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Dutton, Janet; Rushton, Kathy – English in Australia, 2018
English teachers often feel blamed for low results on high-stakes standardised literacy tests such as Australia's National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Faced with pressure for their students to produce high scores, teachers can react by making changes to both content and strategies which result in a narrowing of curriculum…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Creative Thinking, Foreign Countries, Drama
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Reinertsen, Nathanael – English in Australia, 2018
The difference in how humans read and how Automated Essay Scoring (AES) systems process written language leads to a situation where a portion of student responses will be comprehensible to human markers, but unable to be parsed by AES systems. This paper examines a number of pieces of student writing that were marked by trained human markers, but…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Writing Evaluation, Essay Tests, Computer Assisted Testing
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Dove, Jennifer – English in Australia, 2018
This article examines the publicly available English Examination Notes from the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) Marking Centre, alongside past research on writing development, to understand the summative assessment of writing and the qualities of writing that examiners identified as discriminating between samples of different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creative Writing, Writing Tests, Secondary School Students
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Merga, Margaret – English in Australia, 2018
Silent reading and book discussion about books read for pleasure can increase reading frequency and support the strengthening of student engagement in the beneficial practice of recreational reading. However, little is known about children's attitudes toward and experiences of these pedagogical activities. Qualitative findings from 47 children…
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests
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Gardner, Paul – English in Australia, 2018
The 2017 NAPLAN results were followed by political and media attention focusing on a decline in achievement in writing. This article analyses NAPLAN data to identify the locus of the decline. Contrary to media reports in which it was suggested Year 3 was problematic, the article systematically compares NAPLAN results between 2011 and 2017 to…
Descriptors: Test Score Decline, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Writing Achievement
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Albright, James; Knezevic, Lisa – English in Australia, 2017
Teachers of subject English across Australia have been involved in a wide range of professional learning experiences to support implementation of the "Australian Curriculum: English" since its introduction in 2010. This article investigates the professional learning experienced by a small number of primary school teachers in two Catholic…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, English Instruction, Catholic Schools, Learning Experience
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Goodwyn, Andrew – English in Australia, 2017
The Personal Growth (PG) model, as outlined by John Dixon in 1967, is unquestionably still recognisable to English teachers, remaining aligned to their philosophy of teaching English. This article traces a key aspect of the history of Personal Growth and explores present continuities traceable to Dartmouth in 1966, in suggesting an invigorated…
Descriptors: Models, Individual Development, English Instruction, Educational Philosophy
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Driver, Duncan – English in Australia, 2017
This essay seeks to recognise the value in a literature-focused model of the discipline of English, using I.A. Richards, C.K. Ogden and the American New Critics as models of critics who placed the text, and the reader's relationship with the text, at the centre of any study of literature, arguing that this relationship is analogous to that which…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Critical Literacy, Aesthetics, Poetry
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Sommer, Paul – English in Australia, 2017
The 2016 "Garth Boomer Address" considers the teaching of film. It challenges the orthodoxy that calls for a predominantly visual analysis, arguing that editing, sound and a fresh look at the script are equally important. This invites an understanding of characterisation and narrative in terms of the creation of "wholes" and…
Descriptors: Film Study, Production Techniques, Movement Education, Classroom Techniques
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Merga, Margaret – English in Australia, 2017
International findings indicate that there is a gap in the literacy performance of school-aged males and females, which has led to a focus on how to address this issue. Research suggests that an individual's literacy outcomes can be improved by regular recreational book reading, and therefore increasing frequency of engagement in this practice is…
Descriptors: Males, Nonfiction, Educational Practices, Preferences
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Hastie, David – English in Australia, 2017
Australian Protestant schools have often been depicted as sites that restrict knowledge. This paper presents the findings of a 2010-2013 field study of 137 teachers, exploring the nature and extent of Protestant School English teacher self-censorship when excluding and selecting texts to teach. In both survey and interview data, I find that the…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Academic Freedom, Censorship, Protestants
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Manuel, Jacqueline; Brock, Sophia; Brock, Amelia – English in Australia, 2017
This special issue of "English in Australia" invited the wife (Jacqueline Manuel) and daughters (Sophia and Amelia Brock) of Paul Brock, who served fifty years as an educator, to provide this reflective piece on his influence as a leader in education, a writer, a teacher, a scholar, a mentor, and an advocate for medical research and…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Recognition (Achievement), Profiles, Relevance (Education)
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