A Testing Time for Teachers: Ask the Experts

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This session reports on a collaborative study between 2 elementary schools in Texas, USA, and 2 primary schools in Australia. Australia, like the United States is amidst significant change in literacy policy development. National testing, national inquiries, mandated reporting and the like are changing the ways teachers are required to work. These changes have fueled intense debate around teachers’ work. This session will present data from the study which involved a series of interviews with teachers and principals in the four participating schools. In addition to the interviews and observations the schools in each country participated in regular online discussion forums concerning current literacy policy and practice.


Keywords: Literacy, Policy, Teachers Work
Stream: Literacy, Language, Multiliteracies; Languages Education and Second Language Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Jennifer Rennie

Senior lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Dr. Jeanne Gerlach

Associate Vice President for K-16 Initiatives and Dean and Professor, College of Education, University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX, USA


Ref: L09P0673