Shifting Teachers' Practices: How Literacy Can Be a Focus for Altering Pedagogical Practices

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This paper examines ideas emerging from this longitudinal project in which secondary teachers in new Zealand schools have been developing their knowledge of literacy as a means of improving students' achievement. A noticeable trend is a gradual shift from thinking about teaching, to thinking about learners and their learning. This appears to be accompanied by better classroom relationships, and more positive and engaged attitudes.


Keywords: Literacy, Secondary Schools, Pedagogy
Stream: Literacy, Language, Multiliteracies; Languages Education and Second Language Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Shifting Teachers’ Practices


Dr. Noeline Wright

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Officer, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research
Professional Studies in Education
School of Education, University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand

I currently work as a researcher in literacy in secondary schools as well as a teacher educator focusing on pedagogy and ICT. I began my educational career as an English teacher in New Zealand. Twenty years later I embarked on a doctorate examining the role of Heads of Department in secondary schools, completed in 2002. From then, I have worked in teacher education and research at the University of Waikato.

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