Metalanguage: the 'teacher talk' of explicit literacy teaching in practice

Geoghegan, Deborah and O'Neill, Shirley and Petersen, Shauna (2013) Metalanguage: the 'teacher talk' of explicit literacy teaching in practice. Improving Schools, 16 (2). pp. 119-129. ISSN 1365-4802

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Much has been written about what constitutes effective literacy teaching and learning, the power of effective 'teacher talk' and the impact on student learning outcomes. There is a growing body of research into pedagogical change to improve literacy outcomes and the implementation of schoolwide approaches to teaching and learning, particularly within the context of school improvement. This article ties together these two threads through the powerful stories of two primary schools that had undertaken a long-term school improvement project. The evidence of their explicit teaching of literacy is examined through investigation of the 'teacher talk' that occurs in classroom interactions and professional conversations. The way this talk reflects teachers' shared pedagogical practices, their use of metalanguage for learning and students' engagement is exemplified. It shows how, in each case, the pedagogical dialogue and literacy learning is mutually used by teachers and students in their literacy practices.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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 04:33
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 02:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: classroom literacy practices; explicit teaching; teacher metalanguage; teacher talk
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1365480213493707

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