Exposing the social scientist

Peel, Karen and McLennan, Brad (2010) Exposing the social scientist. In: National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy (AATE/ALEA 2010): aWAy With Words: Exploring the Ambiguities in Literacy and English Education, 4-7 Jul 2010, Perth, Western Australia.

Abstract

Knowing how to heighten engagement and then empower our students to be active, productive citizens has provided us with a stimulus to embark on a journey to explore where theory meets practice in our middle school setting. In the 21st century, being 'literate' forms the foundation for all other learning, but is discipline-specific and requires
explicit teaching for students to demonstrate competency.
Through action research, we explored pedagogy to identify how literacy teaching practices are embedded in planning, in order to cater for the specific needs of all students. The focus of this study was grounded upon student motivation—extrinsically and intrinsically—as we examined the effectiveness of learning Studies of Society & Environment, through explicitly planning and teaching the literacy inherent. Applying a Motivational Pedagogy framework for the research project successfully focused the learner’s role, as a listener, speaker, writer and reader. Developing deeper understanding of the SOSE-specific literacy skills provided the student cohorts with the tools to demonstrate metacognition. Teaching these students explicitly to be text analysts linked their learning to real life, engaging them in the practicalities of literacy as a social practice.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published in Conference Proceedings. Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 03:00
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 10:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; motivation; engagement; SOSE
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19231

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