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. The six papers comprising this issue approach literacy from different perspectives. The first three articles report on literacy issues within the context of science learning. These papers are followed by two that focus on literacy learning in the early years while the final paper examines pre-service teachers as readers in a specific context.

In the first article, ' "Proof of Concept': beginning to use Design-Based Research to improve science literacies for middle years' learners', Anne-Marie Morgan reports on a study where a teacher used 'Design-Based Research' in a classroom intervention which investigated the benefits of the explicit teaching of technical language in a science unit to enhance students' confidence in understanding and using scientific language in writing. The second article, 'Visual Language and Science Understanding: A brief tutorial for teachers' by Susan Britsch, shows how using the vocabulary of 2D visual design can be used to discuss children's drawings in science in a formal way. Further she argues that the incorporation of visual principles into science experiences should be integral to teachers' professional development in this discipline area. In the third article, 'Five-year-olds doing science and technology: how teachers shape the conversation', Anne Thwaite and Graham McKay show how functional discourse analysis might be used in a powerful way to assist pre-service and new teachers understanding of how discourse shapes children's learning. …

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