Changing schools: how policy implementation can impact on the literacy learning of mobile students

Lynch, Andrea (2009) Changing schools: how policy implementation can impact on the literacy learning of mobile students. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 34 (2). pp. 47-53.

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Since 2002, Queensland state schools have been required to document a 'whole school literacy plan' built around eight essential aspects. This document is to be reviewed annually and updated to reflect the current community profile and the school's literacy curriculum (Education Queensland, 2006).This research project investigated the different ways three early years teachers (Years 1-3) from three adjacent state schools have implemented this policy and what this may mean for students who change schools – particularly the significant number of students known to move between these schools (Hill & Lynch, 2007). Previous research based on test data has shown that changing schools can disrupt learning, particularly in the early years (Strand & Demie, 2006; Temple & Reynolds, 1999) but there has been little or no research into what it might mean for students as literacy learners. Using a case study approach within a critical theory framework, the current research project found that policy is interpreted and enacted differently in different contexts, creating different ways of doing school and doing literacy. This can result in mobile students having to renegotiate what doing school and doing literacy means.

Item ID: 9401
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-9391
Keywords: literacy policy; student mobility; social justice
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 05:21
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 25%
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