Activating 'language for learning' through schoolwide pedagogy: the case of MacKillop School

O'Neill, Shirley (2013) Activating 'language for learning' through schoolwide pedagogy: the case of MacKillop School. Improving Schools, 16 (2). pp. 107-118. ISSN 1365-4802

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Abstract

This article presents a case study of a primary school that engaged with the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools (IDEAS) Project, and moved to the sustaining phase over a period of three years. It reports how the students, who were 98 percent English as a second language, improved their reading and numeracy during this time and investigates staff perceptions of the reasons why. It also considers how the school's practices particularly exemplify two of the six IDEAS Project criteria for the development of a schoolwide pedagogy (SWP). These are the need to honour the distinctive features and needs of the school's student community and the requirement for it to be informed by authoritative educational theories and research. The school's SWP, termed 'active pedagogy' and its principles are explored, along with its implementation and perceived impact on teaching and learning. The case study raises the issue and importance of teachers' and students' mutual use of a common language for learning. A preliminary definition of this is offered and the school's improvement experience is further explored through the development of a concept map.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 02:56
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: active pedagogy; language for learning; main stream english as a second language; school improvement; schoolwide pedagogy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1365480213492408
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23657

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