Literacy Intervention Strategies

Subject EDUC90247 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Feb-2015 to 01-May-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 13-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 5 full days of contact
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject reviews contemporary theories and explanations of learning disabilities in literacy and examines reading as an information processing process. It examines how fluent readers read; levels of fluent text processing, oral language knowledge during reading, using attention while reading, short term memory capacity, metacognitive aspects, readers' self perceptions of reading; learning to read; pre-literate developments phonological, orthographic and oral language development, parent-child shared reading experiences; developmental trends in metacognitive knowledge, self-efficacy as readers and the attribution of success and failure. Reading difficulties are explored in terms of the information processing developmental frameworks: types of reading disabilities, verbal-linguistic explanations of reading disability, memory processes and reading disabilities, verbal-linguistic explanations of reading disability, memory processes and reading disabilities, motivation to read difficulties; visual explanations of reading disability, relevant neurological explanations and the implications for diagnosis and intervention; literacy diagnostic pathway. Procedures for engaging readers in the assessment process are explored; describing, analysing, explaining and reporting reading disabilities. Implementation of a reading intervention is examined: relevant prose reading strategies, the oral language knowledge, memory retrieval and verbal reasoning strategies necessary to support reading, teaching orthographic knowledge and individual word reading.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • identify the processes involved in fluent reading and use these to describe reading disabilities;
  • identify the developmental trends to acquiring literacy knowledge and use these to explain and diagnose reading difficulties and to implement effective teaching;
  • identify the causes of different types of reading disability (psycholinguistic, information processing, phonological, cognitive, metacognitive) and the implications of these for diagnosis and teaching;
  • evaluate procedures for diagnosing and reporting literacy difficulties, implement a diagnostic program; describe, analyse and explain reading disabilities, select the appropriate assessment procedures, use dynamic assessment procedures, integrate diagnostic information from a range of sources;
  • develop integrated learning support programmes for students who have reading disabilities that include teaching systematically reading strategies at the pre-, while and post-reading phases, orthographic and phonological knowledge and positive self efficacy and attitudes to reading.
  • identify the characteristics of successful literacy instructional programs according to particular literacy learning disabilities, evaluate the effectiveness of literacy education programs intended for use with students who have learning difficulties in literacy and
  • develop and implement education programmes that are supported by current research.

3 written assignments, 2,000 words each (33.3 per cent each assignment)

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Early Literacy Intervention
Postgraduate Certificate in Early Literacy Intervention

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