Literacy standards in preservice teacher education: what might be ‘the basics’ of such standards?

Wilson, Eric A. (2007) Literacy standards in preservice teacher education: what might be ‘the basics’ of such standards? In: Proceedings of the 2007 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference. pp. 676-687. From: Australian teacher Education Association Conference, 3-6 July 2007, University of Wollongong.

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The rich national discourse, within which this study is firmly imbedded, presents great challenges for teacher educators as we move somewhat clumsily into the latter half of the ‘Noughties’ in 21st century Australia. Relevant issues sit within the broader Australian debate on literacy standards generally, as well as the discrete issues of teacher quality, performance and professional standards. The vexed topic of literacy standards among students entering tertiary study continues as a major concern across university campuses, suggestive that there is clearly something going on which cannot be ignored. For some time the discourse has run that students present with clear deficits (yes, alas, they have been described, by some, as deficient), gaps, if you will, in certain aspects of being literate that are unexpected in those who have managed to succeed at Senior secondary school. As in other tertiary institutions, staff within the School of Education at the regional university in which I work, continue to respond in a range of ways to the matter. This paper canvasses a number of related issues, drawing on current documents that are informing public debate, to establish a firm context from which this work-in-progress has evolved. The paper reports on work undertaken to describe in discrete ways the personal, academic and professional literacies expected and required of candidates wishing to take out teaching qualifications. The early stages of a case study in progress, undertaken to refine our understanding of just what it is a cohort of first year students are able to do with literacy on entry to our programs, is also discussed.

Item ID: 3033
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9775685-1-2
Keywords: literacy; critical thinking
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2009 04:47
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 60%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 51%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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