Student mobility: issues and pedagogical implications for literacy educators

Henderson, Robyn ORCID: (2006) Student mobility: issues and pedagogical implications for literacy educators. In: 2006 AATE/ALEA National Conference: Voices, Vibes, Visions, 8-11 July 2006, Darwin, Australia.


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Increasing numbers of students change schools every year. Some, including the children of itinerant farm workers, change residences, schools and education systems on a regular basis. Whilst teachers and parents tend to regard student mobility as having a negative effect on students’ literacy achievements, research in the field of educational itinerancy has been surprisingly limited and offers inconclusive results. Additionally, guidelines that have been designed to assist schools manage the enrolment of mobile students have focused on the organisational practices of schooling, including year level placement and curricular and certification issues. This means that limited knowledge has been available about mobility and its relationship to literacy learning, and little pedagogical advice has been on offer for literacy teachers.
This paper seeks to redress these issues. It draws on data from a study that investigated mobility-related issues in a North Queensland primary school, where an annual influx of itinerant farm workers’ children during the winter harvesting season boosted the school’s population by approximately ten per cent. Using the voices of teachers and students, the paper considers the impact of mobility on school processes, explores aspects of students’ engagement with school literacy learning, and investigates how schools might facilitate literacy learning for mobile students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 00:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, literacy pedagogy, itinerancy, mobility
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390304 Primary education

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