Exposing the social scientist

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Peel, Karen and McLennan, Brad. 2010. "Exposing the social scientist." Philp, Karren and Kanganas, Alec (ed.) 2010 AATE/ALEA National Conference: aWAy With Words: Exploring the Ambiguities in Literacy and English Education. Perth, Western Australia 04 - 07 Jul 2010 Adelaide, Australia.
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Exposing the social scientist

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsPeel, Karen (Author) and McLennan, Brad (Author)
EditorsPhilp, Karren and Kanganas, Alec
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy (AATE/ALEA 2010)
Year2010
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.englishliteracyconference.com.au
Conference/Event2010 AATE/ALEA National Conference: aWAy With Words: Exploring the Ambiguities in Literacy and English Education
National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy
Event Details
2010 AATE/ALEA National Conference: aWAy With Words: Exploring the Ambiguities in Literacy and English Education
Event Date
04 to end of 07 Jul 2010
Event Location
Perth, Western Australia
Event Details
National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy
Abstract

Knowing how to heighten engagement and then empower our students to be active, productive citizens has provided us with a stimulus to embark on a journey to explore where theory meets practice in our middle school setting. In the 21st century, being 'literate' forms the foundation for all other learning, but is discipline-specific and requires
explicit teaching for students to demonstrate competency.
Through action research, we explored pedagogy to identify how literacy teaching practices are embedded in planning, in order to cater for the specific needs of all students. The focus of this study was grounded upon student motivation—extrinsically and intrinsically—as we examined the effectiveness of learning Studies of Society & Environment, through explicitly planning and teaching the literacy inherent. Applying a Motivational Pedagogy framework for the research project successfully focused the learner’s role, as a listener, speaker, writer and reader. Developing deeper understanding of the SOSE-specific literacy skills provided the student cohorts with the tools to demonstrate metacognition. Teaching these students explicitly to be text analysts linked their learning to real life, engaging them in the practicalities of literacy as a social practice.

Keywordsliteracy; motivation; engagement; SOSE
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390107. Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
520102. Educational psychology
390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
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Abstract only published in Conference Proceedings.
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA).

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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