islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

Workshop 1

Explicit literacy teaching - what is it and how does it look in the classroom?

Date:  Saturday 16 March 2013

Cost: $80

Time:  9:00am start. 4 hour workshop with morning tea provided

Place:  Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong         (get directions)

Presenters:  Shauna Petersen, Deborah Geoghegan and Dr Shirley O'Neill

Attendees will receive a USB containing the PowerPoint presentation with links to resources to share with colleagues for professional learning purposes.


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Shauna Petersen, Deborah Geoghegan and Shirley O'Neill Explicit teaching is currently a strong focus for all. In this workshop we unpack how this translates into classroom practice from a range of views. Besides seeing it in action in video clips of teaching episodes, we go on to examine how it is manifested in the classroom interactive teacher-student/s dialogue and the use of metalanguage required for the teaching objective. Besides exemplifying explicit teaching of literacy, this workshop will provide insights into the underpinning theory and will show how the teacher facilitates and scaffolds students' literacy learning through explicit teaching, and will examine the implications for the role of learners, engagement, task design and cognitive/metacognitive demands and assessment.


Shauna Petersen is a lecturer in Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Shauna engages with research and consultancy activity as a member of Literacy Pedagogies and Learning group in Leadership Research International (LRI) and is the LRI Publicity Officer. Her research interests lie in the area of teacher leadership, which is also the focus of her current PhD work.

Deborah Geoghegan lectures at the University of Southern Queensland in Foundations of Language and Literacy as well as curriculum and pedagogy in the early years of school. She is a member of Literacy Pedagogies Learning group in Leadership Research International (LRI) at he University of Southern Queensland. Her research interests are in language and literacies education, early childhood curriculum and pedagogy, classroom discourse and teacher cognition. Deborah has extensive experience teaching in schools both in the public and private sectors within Australia and the United States.

Shirley O'Neill is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at the University of Southern Queensland and Associate Director, Literacy Pedagogies and Learning in the Leadership Research International (LRI). Her research and teaching relates to school improvement and particularly literacy learning and assessment, English as a second language and service learning in pre-service teacher education.


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