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Bad teaching in Australian schools causes low literacy rates


In his 1955 book Why Johnny Can’t Read, Rudolph Flesch explained that quality of instruction was the key to improving children’s literacy. Almost 60 years later, children’s names may have changed but the story remains the same. Billions of dollars have been spent in the past decade on programs aimed at improving literacy, yet thousands … Continue reading

Many Australian teachers find national literacy and numeracy plan too difficult to understand


Many teachers do not know how to use data provided by annual assessments of their pupils’ literacy and numeracy ability, despite often criticising the tests themselves, a new report has found. The report, from the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee also said teachers need more training to help understand the basics of … Continue reading

Essay: Discourse Theory and Black English Vernacular Amongst Australian Aborigines


To understand the Discourse Theory, it is first necessary to distinguish between the terms “Discourse” (with a capital letter) and “discourse” (all lower-case). The term “Discourse” refers to the ways in which social and political inequity is reproduced (or subverted) through the uses to which language is put; whilst “discourse” refers to the actual use … Continue reading

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