Academic journal article Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to the October edition of AJLL. Four of the six papers included in this issue report findings based on recent research studies conducted in schools and classrooms while two papers explore ways of theorising approaches to writing and grammar. We trust that all six papers will contribute new knowledge to the field and prompt debate about effective classroom practice. In the first article, 'An alternative approach to the measurement of phoneme discrimination and segmentation in young children', Anne Bochner reports on a study which investigated the use of novel discrimination and segmentation procedures for evaluating the phonemic awareness of young children. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to assessment procedures designed to identify children who are likely to be at risk for delays in the development of early literacy skills. In the second article, 'Comparative Effectiveness of Phonological Awareness and Oral Language Intervention for Children with low Emergent Literacy Skills', Ruth Fielding-Barnsley and Ian Hay discuss an intervention aimed at developing language and phonological awareness skills in children with low literacy skills. The findings from this study highlight the importance of explicit and systematic instruction in both phonological awareness and oral language for children at the beginning stages of reading.

In the third article, 'Re-thinking context and reflexive mediation in the teaching of writing', Mary Ryan and Margaret Kettle call for a renewed emphasis on the teaching of writing from a social realist perspective and discuss a conceptual model to assist with the understanding of the pedagogical decisions teachers make and how these decisions impact on children's writing practices. …

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