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1 Janet Scull, Andrea Nolan*, Bridie Raban The University of Melbourne * Victoria University ARECE, January 2010 Young Learners: Embedding literacy in rich contexts for learning

2 Chief Investigators: Associate Professor Margaret Brown (Principal Investigator), Associate Professor Esther Care, Professor Bridie Raban, Professor Field Rickards, Mr Terry O’Connell (Australian Scholarships Group) Research team: Associate Professor Brown (Team leader), Ms Emelie Barringer, Dr Anna Bortoli, Mr Robert Brown, Dr Linda Byrnes, Associate Professor Care, Ms Esther Chan, Dr Amelia Church, Ms Jan Deans, Ms Lucy Jackson, Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey (now at Deakin University), Dr Andrea Nolan (now at Victoria University), Dr Louise Paatsch (now at Deakin University), Mr Derek Patton, Professor Raban, Dr Maria Remine, Dr Janet Scull, Ms Lena Tan, Ms Jessica Taylor and Dr Linda Watson (Birmingham University, UK) Funding Support: Australian Scholarship Group (ASG); Australian Research Council (ARC): Linkage Projects funding scheme (Project number LP ); Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

3 Funding: Australian Scholarships Group$500,000 A not-for profit organisation, a parent co-operative focused on providing educational opportunities for children ARC Linkage Grant$395,000 Easier to access if your partner puts up real dollars University of Melbourne$63,078 Through individual staff grants and Early Career Researcher funds TOTAL FUNDING$958,078

4 Federal and State Reports dating from 2005 and earlier underline the importance of the early years and the role of parents in children’s Literacy (and Numeracy) success: DEST (2005) National Inquiry in the Teaching of Reading DEST (2005) Teaching Reading: A guide to the Report and Recommendations for Parents and Carers COAG (2006) National Reform Agenda Dept of Prem+ Cab (2007) COAGs National Reform Agenda: Victoria’s plan to improve literacy (and numeracy) outcomes DEECD (2008) Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform: Early Childhood Discussion Paper DEEWR (2009) The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia: Belonging, Being and Becoming DEECD (2009) Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework: for children from Birth to Eight Years

5 Teacher research project Develop up to 30 early childhood teacher profiles that: a) identify theoretical constructs that underpin teacher practices in the preschool and first years of schooling. b) identify distinct literacy teaching strategies/practices. c) investigate congruence and connectedness between teacher and family literacy beliefs and practices. d) correlate literacy outcomes of children, tracked through to the first year of school, with teacher profile characteristics.

6 The following points define the focus of this presentation: Exploring teacher’s understandings of literacy in early childhood contexts and how these understandings translate into practice Mapping practice in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Teacher Practice Teacher Knowledge Teacher Beliefs

7 The Research Process Funded preschool programs – opportunity sample 14 complete data sets ( ) consisting of 10 Bachelor degrees, 4 Diploma of Teaching; 7 have primary school teaching experience, other experiences include OSHC, intervention services, nanny, LDC Data set included: video, survey and interviews relating to the learning experience teachers personally selected to support children’s literacy learning Analysis of the teaching interactions as a way of providing an insight into how teachers conceptualised literacy in preschool contexts

8 Opportunities for Literacy Learning Engaging & enjoyable Purposeful and rich with meaning leading to different implications for individual practice

9 Sabrina I prefer the term ‘literacies’. I see it as a practice that reflects how individual children (and groups) see and ‘read’ the world and interpret it through many ‘languages’. Literacy is a dynamic and interactive process where the child expresses/ communicates his/her ‘inner world’ to his exterior world.

10 Here I am trying to achieve the notion of sensory reality....it's sort of for the children to be connected with the land and whatever is happening around them, and not to be indifferent to anything

11 Kate It’s not just reading and writing, but also encompasses a range of things: talking, listening, thinking, doing/playing, observing, creating. When we are learning about a concept we don't just learn about it from one angle, I would use maybe a visual cue, an auditory cue, a sensory cue, because I think children have different styles in learning, and that sort of interdisciplinary approach probably works best.

12 In literacy, reading the recipe, you know print conveys meaning. That writing has a purpose, so it's meaningful. We've got pictures there, and so, understanding that these little symbolic representations actually mean something. I've got the written word as well as the picture word, and I think it's just to show them different ways of reading, that you can read pictures, that you can read words, you can read symbols, you can read signs.

13 Cathy Gaining meaning from print, print as constant. Gaining pleasure from books. The ability to communicate through print. It’s sort of the idea with literacy, it needs to be fun, it needs to be enjoyable. It needs to feel like you can do it and it’s successful. And if you feel like that and if you’ve got the ‘I can’ attitude, then the actual skills that you need, those word attack skills and those things will come, will come easier.

14 What they’re doing is they’re playing a game where they pick up a letter, and if they need it in their name they can put it on their card in the box in the appropriate place, which is showing quite a lot of knowledge of the alphabet.

15 Communication Learning Wellbeing Community Identity CHILD Literacy contexts provide opportunities for children to learn across the five outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

16 Communication Learning Wellbeing Community Identity CHILD Using print resources Knowing the components of their name Knowing about capital & lower case letters It needs to be fun, it needs to be enjoyable, it needs to feel like you can do it. It’s successful. If you feel like that and if you’ve got the ‘I can’ attitude then the actual skills you need will come easier With children also supporting each other Recognising their name, how their name is written. Knowing their names Cathy

17 A literacy experience? Yes and also a social experience – so I think when I plan experiences I don’t just plan thinking about this is just literacy. I think this is going to help … with his social skills or his language skills, so I do have certain areas where I just think literacy, but again I think every experience, they interlock. So it’s just about getting as much out of the one experience as possible.[Keira]

18 For further information: Young Learners’ Project Dr Janet Scull - Ass.Prof. Andrea Nolan - Professor Bridie Raban -


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