Looking at literacy learners: making sense of observations

Henderson, Robyn (2007) Looking at literacy learners: making sense of observations. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 15 (1). pp. 43-48. ISSN 1320-5692

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Teachers' observations of students in literacy classrooms have long been regarded as important components of 'good' literacy teaching. Nevertheless, recent research has argued that the 'lens' that is used to view students as literacy learners can make a considerable difference to what is seen. Drawing on data from a study that investigated the literacy learning of itinerant farm workers' children, this paper considers narratives told by two teachers about a middle-years student in a North Queensland primary school. In showing the contrasting meanings assigned by the two teachers to the one student, this paper highlights the importance of thinking beyond what has been seen and considering the meanings that are given to teachers' observations, as these may have important consequences for students’ literacy learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version supplied by publisher and deposited with their permission.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:08
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 00:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; classroom observations; itinerant students; mobility; taken-for-granted; assumptions
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
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 > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2488

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