Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Editorial

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Editorial

Article excerpt

This special issue of Literacy Learning: the Middle Years features papers presented at the 2007 national conference of the Australia Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA). The conference was held at the Australian National University in Canberra from 8-11 July and featured sixteen keynote presentations, three panels and over 130 workshop and paper presentations.

The theme, 'Critical Capital: Teaching and Learning' linked the context and content of the conference, recognising the cultural capital that delegates brought to the conference.

Over 900 delegates attended the conference which provided a significant opportunity for educators to

* share ideas and successful strategies with other national and international educators

* investigate critical factors in literacy and English teaching and learning

* explore the enabling power of social and cultural capital and a rich curriculum to activate the potential of students.

The publication in this edition of Literacy Learning: the Middle Years of a selection of papers from the conference extends the reach of the conference to a wider audience. The conference convenors' agreement to this is greatly appreciated.

The criteria for making a selection from the diverse range of papers presented at the conference for this journal was that they should be focused broadly on literacy in the middle years of schooling, and should suggest new possibilities for classroom practice. …

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