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

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…

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Posted on October 22, 2010 at 11:00

Academic Literacies: Assessment design that involves Web 2.0 tools

Food for thought ...

A lot of teachers are excited about the possibilities that Web 2.0 applications (eg wikis, blogs) offer for improving learning. At the same time there is an uncertainty amongst staff about appropriate use, guidance for students, setup, (academic) integrity ...

In the following article, Kathleen Gray et al share useful information on how to design and conduct student assessments…

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Posted on June 11, 2010 at 16:30

Academic Literacies: Five steps for integrating new teaching and learning strategies

How can we integrate new strategies into the work with our students? How can we scaffold so students learn to use strategies independently? Research undertaken by the University of Waikato shows that the following five steps are significant for students to acquire a repertoire of strategies that they can use independently.

  1. Introduce new strategies one at a time, for example summarising to improve reading comprehension.
  2. Let students have a brief…
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Posted on June 3, 2010 at 14:00

Academic Literacies: Strategies to strengthen reading comprehension

In our recent TPA staff forum, questions were raised about possible strategies for improving reading comprehension at different levels of learning. The following five research-based strategies can be used to work with students on their reading comprehension.…

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Posted on May 27, 2010 at 14:35

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