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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Play-based pedagogies, research approaches, and early literacy theories
    • Literacy as a social practice: families, cultures, and communities
    • Observing, listening, and documenting children engaged in literacy events
    • Oral language: communication, music, and storytelling
    • Emergent literacy: signs, markings, and writing
    • Perspectives and approaches for reading and writing.
    • Multiliteracies, multimodal approaches, and digital pedagogies
    • Researching and designing literacy rich environments: play based learning and intentional teaching
    • Analysing data to assess children's literacy learning
    • Honouring diversity and engaging families
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. research early literacy contexts and interactions through a self-generated research question and apply research processes to the design of literacy rich environments for children from diverse backgrounds
  2. create differentiated literacy learning experiences for young children
  3. examine the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning
  4. interpret children’s literacy learning by analysing theoretical perspectives and play-based pedagogies.
  • Assignment 1 - Investigation (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines early literacy theories and perspectives, with an emphasis on play-based pedagogies and research approaches. Pre-service teachers will create literacy-rich settings by developing a research question, designing a literacy project and documenting children’s literacy learning. The experiences and perspectives of families will be sought and the relationship between home literacy practices and early literacy learning will be investigated.

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