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Accelerating the Literacy Development of Indigenous Students: The National Accelerated Literacy Program

Gray, B (2007). Accelerating the Literacy Development of Indigenous Students: The National Accelerated Literacy Program. Darwin: CDU Press.

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Author Gray, B
Title Accelerating the Literacy Development of Indigenous Students: The National Accelerated Literacy Program
Place of Publication Darwin
Publisher CDU Press
Publication Year 2007
ISBN 9780980292367   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
HERDC Category A1 - Book (DEST)
Abstract In an effort to engage Indigenous students, teachers often set classroom activities at a lower level than activities of their mainstream peers. While teachers are aware of the need to set more academically challenging tasks, in reality this is difficult to achieve. This book looks at the language/literacy teaching goals for Indigenous students and proposes that successful literacy teaching requires a shift in perspective. For example, to write successfully one must first understand what it is a writer is trying to achieve: expectations, orientations and presumptions. Indigenous students often are given little understanding of these ‘hidden aspects’ of both the production of literate texts and how learning is negotiated. What Gray calls the ‘intentionalities’ underlying classroom learning negotiation are rarely held commonly by teachers and Indigenous students. Gray provides a theoretical and practical framework for successful literacy teaching, which is rooted in an assertive and positive interpretation of Vygotsky’s (1978) notion of the ‘zone of proximal development’, together with its learning negotiation strategy known as ‘scaffolding’. The result is a model for teaching practice with the potential to break through the low-level teaching/low-level outcome cycle that is all too frequent in Indigenous education.
 
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