Queensland Year 2 Diagnostic Net and teachers' explanations of literacy failure

Henderson, Robyn (2002) Queensland Year 2 Diagnostic Net and teachers' explanations of literacy failure. Australian Journal of Education, 46 (1). pp. 50-65.


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This article reports research into the ways that early childhood teachers in three schools used narratives of blame as part of their theorisation of literacy failure in relation to Queensland’s Year 2 Diagnostic Net. The teachers’ narratives clustered into three groups: blaming families, blaming children and explanations that moved beyond blame and focused instead on teaching. However, despite the range of explanations, all of the teachers in this study based their pedagogical decisions for literacy failure and intervention on a deficit model of literacy learning. It is argued that a reconceptualisation of literacy that views literacy as a social practice might assist teachers to rethink intervention in the early childhood classroom.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record. Final and authorised version first published in the Australian Journal of Education, 46 (1), 50-65, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Copyright © 2002 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, literacy education, early childhood education, educational assessment, deficit discourses, teaching process, intervention
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 > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2860

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