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Stagg Peterson, Shelley – Literacy, 2017
With the goal of developing culturally appropriate approaches for assessing and supporting children's language use, teachers of 4-to 6-year-old children in northern Canadian rural and Indigenous communities are involved in a 6-year collaborative action research project. Teachers video record children's interactions during dramatic and construction…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Cultural Relevance, Canada Natives
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Nagle, Joelle; Stooke, Rosamund – Literacy, 2016
This paper draws on a Canadian qualitative case study grounded in multiliteracies theory to describe the meaning-making processes of four students aged 13-14 years as they created history projects. Students were invited to explore curriculum content in self-chosen ways and to produce presentations in a range of formats. The data we present and…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Multiple Literacies, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Wiltse, Lynne – Literacy, 2015
In this paper, I report on a school-university collaborative research project that investigated which practices and knowledges of Canadian Aboriginal students not acknowledged in school may provide these students with access to school literacy practices. The study, which took place in a small city in Western Canada, examined ways to merge the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College School Cooperation, Research Projects, Indigenous Populations
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Friedrich, Nicola; Anderson, Jim; Morrison, Fiona – Literacy, 2014
Researchers have documented bilingual family literacy programmes in terms of their structure and programming as well as their effect on children's language and literacy development and parents' ability to support such development within the home. What is missing from the discussion is a description of how facilitators mediate understanding within…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literacy Education, Bilingualism, Reading Programs
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Lenters, Kimberly; McTavish, Marianne – Literacy, 2013
This paper examines the use of student planners (agendas) with elementary school students. It asks how teachers, students and parents in two classrooms engage in the literacy practice of using student planners. A literacy object originally introduced to manage schoolwork in and out of school for students with learning difficulties, planners are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Planning, Literacy Education, Diaries
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Simpson, Alyson; Walsh, Maureen; Rowsell, Jennifer – Literacy, 2013
This paper reports a study that examines the integration of tablet technologies such as iPads into literacy lessons to investigate how reading and meaning-making occur within this digital medium. Specifically in this paper, we discuss the concept of reading paths as applied to physical and cognitive planes of meaning-making. The paper reports on…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Literacy Education
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; McClay, Jill Kedersha – Literacy, 2012
Interviews with 216 Grades 4-8 teachers and observations in 21 classrooms show that computers are widely used to teach writing across Canada. Restricted access to computers plays a role in the frequency and types of interactions that students and teachers have with computers in writing classes. Equally influential are assumptions about writing…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Spelling
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Hammett, Roberta; Bainbridge, Joyce – Literacy, 2009
This paper draws on early data from a cross-Canada research project in which researchers at six Faculties of Education have been engaged in introducing picture books with multiple and diverse representations of Canadians to classes of pre-service teachers, inviting them to explore the pedagogical possibilities of the picture books and to discuss…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Focus Groups, Ideology, Cultural Pluralism
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Purdy, Joyce – Literacy, 2008
In Canada, as in other anglophone countries, classrooms are becoming more diverse as the number of English language learners (ELLs) increases. More and more teachers are faced with the task of meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. In this article, I share excerpts of dialogue between ELL students, native…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Literacy
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St Clair, Ralf – Literacy, 2005
In 2003 the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) of Canada, at that time a branch of the Department of Human Resources and Development Canada, decided to review its research function. This article discusses some of the questions the review raised for the field. Many of these issues are to do with the management of knowledge--what research gets…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Adult Literacy, Educational Research