Activating 'language for learning' through schoolwide pedagogy: the case of MacKillop School

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O'Neill, Shirley. 2013. "Activating 'language for learning' through schoolwide pedagogy: the case of MacKillop School." Improving Schools. 16 (2), pp. 107-118. https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480213492408
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Activating 'language for learning' through schoolwide pedagogy: the case of MacKillop School

ERA Journal ID19950
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AuthorO'Neill, Shirley
Journal TitleImproving Schools
Journal Citation16 (2), pp. 107-118
Number of Pages12
Year2013
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN1365-4802
1475-7583
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480213492408
Web Address (URL)http://imp.sagepub.com
Abstract

This article presents a case study of a primary school that engaged with the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools (IDEAS) Project, and moved to the sustaining phase over a period of three years. It reports how the students, who were 98 percent English as a second language, improved their reading and numeracy during this time and investigates staff perceptions of the reasons why. It also considers how the school's practices particularly exemplify two of the six IDEAS Project criteria for the development of a schoolwide pedagogy (SWP). These are the need to honour the distinctive features and needs of the school's student community and the requirement for it to be informed by authoritative educational theories and research. The school's SWP, termed 'active pedagogy' and its principles are explored, along with its implementation and perceived impact on teaching and learning. The case study raises the issue and importance of teachers' and students' mutual use of a common language for learning. A preliminary definition of this is offered and the school's improvement experience is further explored through the development of a concept map.

Keywordsactive pedagogy; language for learning; main stream english as a second language; school improvement; schoolwide pedagogy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390304. Primary education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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© The Author(s) 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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