First year pre-service teachers' views about literacy: exploring the breadth and depth of their pedagogical needs

O'Neill, Shirley and Geoghegan, Deborah (2011) First year pre-service teachers' views about literacy: exploring the breadth and depth of their pedagogical needs. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 6 (3). pp. 187-205.


This study investigated first year pre-service teachers' self-reported views about literacy teaching and learning, and their own personal literacy and communication skills required for teaching English. It responds to the increasing pressure on today's educators to demonstrate their own English proficiency and to be able to ensure children's effective literacy learning, particularly in learning to read. Sixty-seven pre-service teachers from one large literacy foundation course completed a survey of their views on literacy. The findings showed that in spite of most participants being first year pre-service teachers the majority believed they had sufficient knowledge of the English language to teach literacy. In raising the importance of knowing how to explicitly teach literacy and engage the learner, participants emphasised the importance of lecturers providing ongoing feedback, encouragement and real-life demonstrations of explicit literacy teaching. Compared with those who entered the program with post-school qualifications, a greater proportion of the group that entered directly from school rated themselves as less confident to teach literacy and held less positive perceptions of their communication skills for teaching. Findings also highlighted that pre-service literacy teacher education courses need to identify and incorporate students' use of English language and literacy skills for specific pedagogical purposes, including teaching talk and multimediated teaching and learning.

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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: 07 Mar 2012 00:52
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2015 05:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: pre-service teacher education; literacy for pedagogical purposes; beginning teachers; literacy pedagogy; teachers' literacy needs
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470307 English language
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
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