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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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Wescott, Stephanie – English in Australia, 2018
The furore has recently dissipated, however the 'Safe Schools' behemoth, generated and perpetuated by Australian parliamentarians, looms still as one of the most significant education debates in past years. The following paper draws on 18,000 words spoken about 'Safe Schools' in the Australian Federal Parliament from November 2015 to August 2016.…
Descriptors: School Safety, Public Officials, Rhetoric, Language Usage
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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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Mannix, Timothy – English in Australia, 2018
The study of English, like the teaching of English, is bound with thematic concerns of love. Notions of love, and the range of experiences that come with them, coalesce in learning spaces when both teachers and students analyse texts, unpack social issues, and construct arguments in daily teaching and learning practice. Within the broader social…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, English Teachers, English Instruction
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McKnight, Lucinda – English in Australia, 2018
A renewed interest in diversity for English following the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017 aligns with the concerns of inclusive education. Since previous special issues of "English in Australia" on gender in 1994 and 1995, the field of inclusive education has burgeoned and become recognised as a discipline in its own right.…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Social Justice, Educational Theories, English Teachers
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McRae, Eleanor; Curwood, Jen Scott – English in Australia, 2018
Teacher education programs play a significant role in shaping pre-service English teachers' pedagogy. The incorporation of texts with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgender, intersex, and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ+) perspectives in the curriculum is one mechanism for promoting inclusion as well as a means to address and combat homophobia…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Social Justice, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers
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Walsh, Chris; Townsin, Louise – English in Australia, 2018
Many primary, secondary and tertiary educators need support to engage in inclusive pedagogical practices that challenge homophobia, transphobia and heteronormativity. We present a border-crossing pedagogy (BCP) designed to assist English language arts educators in translating knowledge into action to demolish deeply engrained anti-lesbian, gay,…
Descriptors: Bullying, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Booth, Emily; Narayan, Bhuva – English in Australia, 2018
This article explores findings from an investigation into the publishing experiences of Australian authors of inclusive Young Adult (YA) fiction. A total of seven authors, each publicly identifying as part of a marginalised community in Australia, were interviewed. This paper concentrates on the findings of semi-structured interviews with two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Adolescent Literature, Fiction
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