Literacy from Birth to Adulthood

Subject EDUC90831 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Not offered in 2015
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will examine changing definitions and conceptualisations of literacy, and map the development of literacy from the early years through to post-compulsory years of schooling. Topics will include areas such as: relationships between language and literacy; social practices of literacy; language and cognitive development; oral and written languages; comprehension; literacy across the curriculum; and in-school and out-of-school literacy practices.

This subject will highlight the importance of planning effective evidenced-based literacy approaches and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners on a developmental curriculum. It will illustrate how teachers, planners and policymakers can cater for diversity in policy and practice, such as: through 'crafting a mix' of pedagogic approaches in reading, writing, listening and speaking; through authentic and focused assessment practices, including profiling students; and through the use of a wide range of texts and practices in the classroom, multilingual and multidialectal understandings of literacy, and of the context that shapes literacy practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Describe the development of language and literacy from birth to adulthood;
  • Understand the role literacy skills play in accessing schooling across all learning areas;
  • Demonstrate quality literacy teaching practices across a range of literacies;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research in teaching literacy;
  • Cater for diverse student literacy needs.

2,500 word paper on literacy theory, due mid-semester 50%
2,500 word case study of a student, due end of semester 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Report succinctly on a work-related issue
  • Work collaboratively to determine a plan of action
  • Apply research knowledge to work situations
  • Analyse a range of data
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Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Teaching

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