Teaching for quality and equity: (Re)focusing the lens to make diversity and difference visible

Henderson, Robyn and Woods, Annette (2012) Teaching for quality and equity: (Re)focusing the lens to make diversity and difference visible. In: Teaching literacies in the middle years: pedagogies and diversity. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 113-131. ISBN 9780195575323


Despite the evidence that many of Australia's children are learning literacy in schools, our poorest and most disadvantaged children are still being left behind. To date, our understanding of the place of transitions in this has been limited, although there has been work on the fourth grade slump (Gee, 2000, 2008) which has followed children's move from early years' classrooms into the fourth or fifth grade; the transition from primary to secondary school (e.g. Bahr & Pendergast, 2007; Pendergast & Bahr, 2005, 2010), and transitions when changing schools (Henderson, 2008). In this chapter, we consider the notion of transitioning, as we unpack issues that are related to recognising and valuing student diversity and difference. Using a lens analogy, we analyse a family case study from two perspectives. We conclude with a list of implications and suggestions for providing high quality and high equity literacy pedagogy and literacy outcomes for middle years students.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2013 04:48
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity; home literacy practices; school literacy practices; school transitions
Fields of Research : 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)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21307

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