Achievements, issues and ways forward: reflections on the English experience - Helen Casey seminar 20 October 2010

 

 

 

Here are some of my impressions - and it would be great if others could add theirs! What did you take away from the seminar?

 

Helen Casey is the Director of the NRDC, the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy in England. She shared some experiences and research results with us, focusing on four areas: returns on investment in adult learning; family learning; embedded approaches; and teacher education and professional development for adult literacy tutors. Her ability to look with participants at the relevance of the findings for teachers in New Zealand ensured that the seminar was not just information sharing but exchange and exploration.

 

The NRDC's studies on embedding in England have shown how embedded LLN can help students to succeed in their studies (eg a raise in completion rate from 61 to 78% where LLN is embedded in the studies). Helen drew on a number of reports out of 161 so far published through the Centre. One of the studies looked at teacher characteristics in relation to learners' progress in numeracy. One of the findings is that a combination of experience and qualification matter.

 

The answer to the question 'What works best?' is often rich and varied. And how does one find out?  Helen finished the seminar by emphasising the importance of practicioner-led action research to inform and develop practice, policy and research. Of course it is very encouraging for the Academic Literacies Team to hear Helen recommending action research as a key methodology in achieving change in embedding LLN!

 

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Some of my favourite articles and practices for embedding writing.

Emerson, L. (1999). A collaborative approach to integrating the teaching of writing into the sciences in a New Zealand tertiary context (Doctor of Philosophy in English). Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.

Emerson, L., MacKay, B. R., Funnell, K. A., & MacKay, M. B. (2002). Writing in a New Zealand Tertiary Context: WAC and Action Research. Language and learning across the disciplines, 5(3), 110-133. Retrieved from http://wac.colostate.edu/llad/v5n3/v5n3.pdf#page=112

Haswell, R. H. (1983). Minimal marking. College English, 45(6), 600-604. Retrieved from http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0C...

McAlpine, R. (1997). Global English for Global Business. Longman.

McAlpine, R. (n.d.). From Plain English to Global English. Quality Web Content. Retrieved August 12, 2009, from http://www.webpagecontent.com/arc_archive/139/5/

Mellalieu, P. J. (2007, July 6). The Massey Writing Across the Curriculum Model: A manifesto for the renaissance of an international business school? Retrieved October 11, 2009, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/7/6_The...
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Some of the approaches I have pursed at Unitec (I'm not a plasterer, I'm not a language expert ... in fact, my natural strength is applied mathematics, industrial engineering, and computing.)

Mellalieu, P. J. (2007, June 3). Let’s all learn and teach Global English in our business schools! Peter Mellalieu - Teacher. Retrieved April 21, 2010, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/7/3_Let...!.html

Mellalieu, P. J. (2010a, September 22). Feedback on a written case study assignment in first year (freshman) tertiary students. Innovation & chaos ... in search of l'excellence. Retrieved September 22, 2010, from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/1165321952/feedback-on-a-written-case-...

Mellalieu, P. J. (2010b, November 29). Predicting success, excellence, and retention from early course performance: a comparison of statistical and machine learning methods in a tertiary education: Part 1: Statistical analysis - Figures. Innovation & chaos ... in search of optimality. Retrieved November 29, 2010, from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/1723717009/predicting-success-excellen...

Mellalieu, P. J. (2001, October 11). Creating the A+ assignment: A project management approach (Revised). Retrieved October 1, 2009, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/10/21_C...

Mellalieu, P. J. (2007, July 6). The Massey Writing Across the Curriculum Model: A manifesto for the renaissance of an international business school? Retrieved October 11, 2009, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/7/6_The...

Mellalieu, P. J. (2008). Writing to learn argument and persuasion: A 'Trojan Horse' for promoting the adoption of 'Writing Across the Curriculum' (WAC) principles (Working paper). Auckland, NZ: Unitec New Zealand Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Retrieved from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2008/7/31_Wr...(WAC)_principles.html

Mellalieu, P. J. (2010a, November 8). Preparing an essay for a written test or examination (Part A). Innovation & chaos ... in search of optimality. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/1512039456/short-essay-advice

Mellalieu, P. J. (2010b, November 8). Preparing an essay for a written test or examination (Part B): The Pogorific A+ exam-sitting method. Innovation & chaos ... in search of optimality. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/1512453524/scheduling-time-in-a-test

Mellalieu, P. J. (2010c, November 29). Predicting success, excellence, and retention from early course performance: a comparison of statistical and machine learning methods in a tertiary education programme: Part 1: Statistical analysis. Innovation & chaos ... in search of optimality. Retrieved November 29, 2010, from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/1724117822/predicting-success-excellen...

Mellalieu, P. J. (n.d.). The essay factory: A collaborative learning adventure. Retrieved July 27, 2009, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/6/27_Th...
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Mellalieu, P. J. (2007, July 6). The Massey Writing Across the Curriculum Model: A manifesto for the renaissance of an international business school? Retrieved October 11, 2009, from http://web.mac.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/7/6_The...
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