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310 pp.
38 illustrations, 190 mm x 255 mm


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Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand

Teaching Literacies in the Middle Years

Pedagogies and diversity

Robyn Henderson

Teaching Literacies in the Middle Years addresses a "hot topic" in education - the teaching of literacy - in relation to the middle years of schooling. It provides the foundations for understanding some of the issues and challenges in working with middle years' students in the current Australian context. All chapters are theoretically grounded in a socio-cultural perspective of literacy.

The book demonstrates how teachers might go about teaching literacies in the middle years. It presents ideas, including teaching strategies that are contextualised within the practices of real classrooms and within broader long term goals for literacy learning. It helps pre-service teachers to identify the literacy needs of young people, and to apply their teaching skills to the development of appropriate and effective pedagogies for students from different backgrounds and with different life experiences and expectations.

Readership : Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education students studying literacy, language education or English education.

Part 1: Engaging Students through Pedagogies
1. Teaching Literacies: Principles and Practices
2. Planning for Literacy Learning
3. Using Digital Texts to Engage Students
4. Popular Culture in the Classroom: A Plethora of Possibilities
Part 2: Ensuring Literacy Learning for All Students
5. (Re)focusing the Lens to Make Diversity and Difference Visible
6. Literacy Learning for Students in Rural Communities
7. Multimodal Literacies: New Approaches and Traditional Concerns in the Suburban Classroom
8. What Could Socially-just Literacy Instruction Look Like?
9. An Holistic Approach for Supporting Written Literacy Skills for EAL/D Learners
10. Valuing Diversity: A Multiliteracies Project in a Remote Indigenous Community
11. Teaching Literacies: Pedagogical Possibilities

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Dr Robyn Henderson is Associate Professor (Literacy) and Program Coordinator (Doctoral Programs) at the University of Southern Queensland. Robyn has taught at USQ for over five years, and worked as a school teacher for over 25 years. Her research interests include literacies, literacy learning and literacy pedagogy - early childhood, primary and middle years.

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Special Features

  • Designed specifically for literacy teaching in the middle years of schooling in current Australian educational contexts.
  • All chapters have an underpinning socio-cultural perspective on literacies and connect theory with practice.
  • Practical classroom activities are included as exemplars of "good" practice.
  • The book examines the teaching of literacies associated with traditional print texts as well as digital and multimodal texts, while considering the diversity of student populations as a characteristic of the contemporary world.