There are two textbooks for the unit. The first is essential for this unit and the second is highly recommended. They are:
1. Flint, A. S., Kitson, L., Lowe, K., Shaw, K., Humphrey, S., Vicars, M., & Rogers, J. (2020). Literacy in Australia: Pedagogies for engagement (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
You can purchase a copy of this textbook here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/books-online/text-books/textbook-finder/macquarie-university/macquarie-university-semester-2/eche4330-issues-in-developmental-literacy/cXCMAC2002ECHE4330-p1.html
2. Hill, S. (2012). Developing early literacy: Assessment and teaching. (2nded). South Yarra, Australia: Eleanor Curtain Publishing.
There are also two required curriculum documents:
1. 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 from: https://docs.education.gov.au/node/2632
2. NSW Board of Studies. (2012). English K–10 syllabus. Sydney: NSW Board of Studies. Retrieved from: http://syllabus.nesa.nsw.edu.au/english/english-k10/
Students should also download the teaching resources available at the following website (do this at the beginning of session):
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
Other required readings
A list will be provided on iLearn and most of the readings will be accessible through the university library's Leganto system.
Information about the unit iLearn site
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn.
Students will need regular access to a computer and the internet to complete this unit.
Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted there, as will other relevant unit notices and materials, including a reading template and guide to lecture note taking to assist your studies.
All students are encouraged to make full use of the iLearn site. Electronic links and suggested references will be included, and recommended readings will be accessible in the Leganto section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.
Weekly lectures are available on the web through the ECHO360 lecture component. You must view all lectures before or during the week in which each has been scheduled.
PowerPoint slides will be made available in iLearn for the weekly lecture and may be available in the Active Learning Tool, depending on the lecture.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/. You will need to enter your student username and password.
Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help.
No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions.
Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.
This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:
- Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.
- Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
- Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn.
- Library databases: You are required to use various research databases to locate sources for your assignments (Task 1, especially).
The unit is taught through two days of scheduled classes. You can find the dates and location information about these classes here: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/
Scenario-based planning, assessment tasks and workshop sessions are included in these scheduled classes. Students are required to participate in small group activities and whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. Students should bring to these classes any discussion questions of their own that they may wish to share. In some weeks, students are asked to bring an artefact, draft writing, or other relevant item to class. This is indicated in the detailed unit schedule on iLearn and/or by the tutor.
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-focused literature searches are required to meet assignment criteria. Students are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material.
The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the unit iLearn site.
Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.