Finding 'ways with words' to engage students who change schools

Henderson, Robyn (2010) Finding 'ways with words' to engage students who change schools. In: 2010 AATE/ALEA National Conference: aWAy With Words: Exploring the Ambiguities in Literacy and English Education, 4-7 July 2010, Perth, Western Australia.

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Whilst changing schools can be a daunting experience for students, it is also an important consideration for teachers who are expected to provide high quality and high equity education for all of the students they teach. This paper examines pedagogical considerations that relate to students who are newly arrived in the classroom. It investigates how teachers might identify students’ ‘ways with words’ and engage students quickly and appropriately in classroom literacy learning. The paper draws on the findings of research into the school experiences of one group of students who change schools regularly. It considers the pedagogical challenges for teachers and concludes with some suggestions for classroom practices.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retian copyright. The paper can be accessed from the ALEA website ( and is located at:
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 00:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobility; literacy pedagogy
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
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)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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