Queensland Year 2 Diagnostic Net and teachers' explanations of literacy failure

Henderson, Robyn (2002) Queensland Year 2 Diagnostic Net and teachers' explanations of literacy failure. Australian Journal of Education, 46 (1). pp. 50-64.

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Abstract

This article reports research into the ways that early childhood teachers in three schools used narratives of blame as part of their theorisation of literacy failure in relation to Queensland’s Year 2 Diagnostic Net. The teachers’ narratives clustered into three groups: blaming families, blaming children and explanations that moved beyond blame and focused instead on teaching. However, despite the range of explanations, all of the teachers in this study based their pedagogical decisions for literacy failure and intervention on a deficit model of literacy learning. It is argued that a reconceptualisation of literacy that views literacy as a social practice might assist teachers to rethink intervention in the early childhood classroom.

Item ID: 13488
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: diagnostic; Early Childhood; Literacy
ISSN: 0004-9441
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010 03:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 49%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 10%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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