Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Education publication.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, October

An Investigation of the Literacy Demands and Support Given to a Year 8 Class
Introduction Literacy, and the effective teaching and development of literacy, has become a key concern of most schools. In secondary school, the subject English has traditionally been seen as the focus of literacy development, but with the increasing...
Editorial Introduction
This issue introduces your new editorial team of Len Unsworth, David Baxter, Corinne Buckland and Beverly Croker from the University of New England. We would like to thank the retiring editors from Edith Cowan University, Susan Statkus, Judith Rivalland...
Fan Fiction Online: Engagement, Critical Response and Affective Play through Writing
Introduction: Understanding fan fiction The origins of fan fiction can be traced back to the 1930s pulp magazine Fanzines, and it enjoyed a surge in the late 1960s with the popularity of Star Trek (Jenkins, 1992). Since then, according to Black...
Literacy in the First Three Years of School: A Longitudinal Investigation
Introduction 'What is the nature of literacy and numeracy development amongst Australian school children?' This was the key research question in the seven-year Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS). As a national longitudinal study, the...
Literacy Pedagogy and Computer Technologies: Toward Solving the Puzzle of Current and Future Classroom Practices
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of ...' Charles Dickens (
The Macquarie Word Genius Reference Library
It is less than twenty years since David Crystal 'prophesied' that 'one day we shall not look up a word in a dictionary on a shelf but ask our home computer for the information we need' (Crystal, 1987, p. 111). And now, super-compressed, in one package...
'Welcome to the Online Discussion Group': Towards a Diagnostic Framework for Teachers
Introduction Asynchronous online discussion has been lauded as a powerful communication tool in education, particularly in adult, tertiary and distance education contexts (see, for e.g., Coffin, Hewings & Painter, 2005), where it offers a capacity...
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