The unit is taught through lectures and large group tutorials. Scenario based planning, assessment tasks and workshop sessions are included in tutorials. Assignments enable the development of the ability to position oneself in current research-informed literacy debates as well as to teach effectively within diverse contexts. Research-literature searches are required to meet assignment criteria as is the contribution to a writing portfolio which is shared in tutorial writing circles. External students must listen to recorded lectures and contribute to on-line discussions as well as participating in the mandatory on-campus sessions.
Student learning in this unit is supported by the unit's iLearn site.
Texts: Required textbooks
Flint, A. S., Kitson, L., Lowe, K., Shaw, K., Vicars, M., Feez, S. & Humphrey, S. (2017). Literacy in Australia: Pedagogies for engagement (2nd ed.). Milton, Queensland, Australia: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. [NOTE: Flint et al. (2017) is an e-book. Students who have paid for it will be able to use hyperlinks within iLearn to access relevant readings, as well as having their own independent access.]
Hill, S. (2012). Developing early literacy: Assessment and teaching. (2nd ed). South Yarra, Australia: Eleanor Curtain Publishing.
Texts: Required curriculum documents
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2009). Belonging, being, becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Barton, ACT: Commonwealth of Australia. Available online: https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_framework_for_australia.pdf
NSW Board of Studies. (2012). K–10 English syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Author. Available online: http://syllabus.nesa.nsw.edu.au/english/english-k10/
Highly Recommended Readings:
Callow, J. (2013). The shape of text to come: How image and text work. Newtown NSW, Australia: Primary English Teaching Association Australia.
Christie, J.F., Enz, B.J., Vukelich, C., & Roskos, K.A. (2014). Teaching language and literacy: Preschool through the elementary grades (5th ed). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Department of Education, Science & Training, Commonwealth of Australia. (2005). Teaching reading: Report and recommendations [of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy]. Canberra, Australia: Author. Available from http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?filename=2&article=1004&context=tll_misc&type=additional
Department of Education WA [Government of Western Australia] (2013). First steps resources (3rd edition). East Perth, Australia: Author. Available for free download from: http://det.wa.edu.au/stepsresources/detcms/navigation/first-steps-literacy/?oid=MultiPartArticle-id-13602018
Fellowes, J. & Oakley, G. (2010). Language, literacy and early childhood education. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Healy, A. (Ed). (2008). Multiliteracies and diversity in education: New pedagogies for expanding landscapes. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Jones Diaz, C., Beecher, B., Arthur, L., Ashton, J., Hayden, J., Makin, L., McNaught, M. & Clugston, L. (2001). Literacies, communities and under 5s: The Early Literacy and Social Justice Project. Ryde and Ashfield, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Training and NSW Department of Community Services. Retrieved July 2017 from: http://www.imagineeducation.com.au/files/CHECE017/9.pdf
Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2012). Literacies. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
Makin, L., Jones Diaz, C & McLachlan, C. (Eds). (2007). Literacies in childhood: Changing views, challenging practice (2nd ed). Sydney, Australia: MacLennan & Petty.
McLachlan, C., Nicholson, T., Fielding-Barnsley, R., Mercer, L., & Ohi, S. (2013). Literacy in early childhood and primary education: Issues, challenges and solutions. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
Power, K. (2005). Changing perceptions of literacy: Local literacies in Indigenous and early childhood communities. Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. 12 (1) 11–21.
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L. & Holliday, M. (Eds.) (2014). Literacy: Reading, writing and children’s literature. (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Australia. Oxford University Press.