Adolescent learners and reading: exploring a collaborative, community approach

Barton, Georgina and McKay, Loraine (2016) Adolescent learners and reading: exploring a collaborative, community approach. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39 (2). pp. 162-175. ISSN 1038-1562


Evidence suggests secondary teachers are increasingly in need of strategies to support students' literacy development, particularly in the area of reading. Secondary teachers however, are typically trained to be, and often see themselves as, disciplinary experts rather than literacy teachers. The purpose of this paper is to introduce an appropriate model for adolescent readers. This paper draws on two research projects focused on improving literacy learning in the secondary context. Short vignettes describe each school context and outline the approaches used to support their students. Findings show strategies to improve and support students' literacy learning, particularly reading, need to be student-centred and appropriate for adolescents rather than a 'top-down' approach. A whole school, collaborative approach that acknowledges the distinct needs and strength of students is shared.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 32563
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 00:40
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 00:40
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only