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Gadd, Murray; Parr, Judy M. – Literacy, 2016
This New Zealand-based study of the classroom practice of nine exemplary teachers of writing to upper primary-age students explored the significance of task orientation as a component of effective teacher instruction and the instructional strategies or actions that effective teachers utilise to promote such. Effectiveness pertains to teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Writing Teachers
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Braid, Christine; Finch, Brian – Literacy, 2015
This article describes part of a study that explored the responses of nine- and ten-year-old children during a picture book read aloud in a small group setting in a New Zealand classroom. The read aloud was interactive, where the participants were encouraged to respond to the book and to each other throughout the session. The authors created a…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Oral Reading, Small Group Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Fletcher, Jo; Grimley, Michael; Greenwood, Janinka; Parkhill, Faye – Literacy, 2012
Teachers are influential in motivating and improving attitudes towards reading. This article reports on an investigation of eight teachers of 10- to 12-year-old students from five New Zealand schools and the strategies they used to improve attitudes to reading. Each school had been identified as implementing effective reading programmes by a panel…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Early Adolescents, Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Finch, Brian – Literacy, 2012
Many children view favourite feature films repeatedly at home and develop understandings of them. This article discusses findings from a study which focused on the understandings that 9- and 10-year-old children showed about character in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." These findings are reported in terms of a framework…
Descriptors: Evidence, Preadolescents, Personality, Films
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McLachlan, Claire; Arrow, Alison – Literacy, 2011
Although priding itself on high rates of literacy achievement, New Zealand's track record in the last two decades has noticeably declined. Successive New Zealand governments have invested heavily in trying to redress this decline with limited success. Demographic changes in population due to immigration provide a partial explanation, but arguably,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Literacy
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Dickie, John; McDonald, Geraldine – Literacy, 2011
Samoan school children living in New Zealand were given disposable cameras and asked to photograph examples of the uses of reading and writing outside the school. Interviewed later, they explained their photographs including information about literacy in church and family. Rote learning and oral presentation of biblical texts that were read and…
Descriptors: Photography, Literacy, Rote Learning, Foreign Countries