Implementing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improving Literacy Outcomes

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The University of Canberra (Australia) through its Literacy Centre has successfully conducted an intensive and unique parent program for twenty-five years. The Centre contributes to the improvement of literacy outcomes through strategic research and implementation that deliberately embraces the efforts of the community, local schools, the government funding body and university. Parents complete a twelve hour course prior to working in a supervised context with their child/ren. Parents receive guidance and modeling. They learn strategies to support learning; how to select appropriate texts; collaborative approaches to reading and writing, and ways to rebuild and strengthen their parent-child relationship. The local schools of the participating children are also supported through professional development to unite the efforts of parents, university and schools in a multi-pronged approach to improving literacy outcomes.


Keywords: Improving Literacy Outcomes, Literacy and Literacies, New Perspectives and Approaches
Stream: Literacy, Language, Multiliteracies; Languages Education and Second Language Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Kaye Lowe

Associate Professor Language and Literacy, Faculty of Education, University of Canberra
Canberra, ACT, Australia

Associate Professor Kaye Lowe, is Director of the University of Canberra literacy centre. Prior to taking up this position, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky for five years, Senior Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University and Associate Dean at the University of Western Sydney. While in Kentucky, she was the Principle Investigator for the state evaluation of Reading First – an $89 million initiative to improve literacy K-3. Kaye has worked in a multitude of literacy contexts in Australia and the US including schools, tertiary institutions, jails, and work places. Her breadth of experience expands from Preschool to adulthood. She has completed projects of National Significance and published widely. Most recently, Kaye has developed online literacy programs for struggling readers.

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