Project 40

Text essays and video interviews

Project 40 is PETAA’s gift to the broader educational community, in celebrating 40 years of supporting primary educators in English and literacies across the curriculum.


Part 1: Literacy as behaviour, processing and social activity

Part 2: Literature as the key to imagination, language and meaning

Part 3: Writing development as a necessary dimension of language and literacy education

Part 4: Literacy as diversity and equity

Part 5: Teaching knowledge about language

Part 5: Teaching knowledge about language

In the final instalment of the Project 40 series, Dr Beverly Derewianka, author and Professor of Language Education and Dr Sally Humphrey, author and Senior Lecturer in Literacy Education, join with PETAA President Dr Robyn Cox for a discussion of the growth and development of teaching knowledge about language in schools.

Read the companion essay ‘Teaching knowledge about language in schools

Part 4: Literacy as diversity and equity

The diversity agenda in Australia coincides with the foundation of PETAA. With reference to the ‘communication ecology’ of the nation, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco reflects on diversity and equity as critical features of literacy in Australia.

Read the companion essay ‘Communication ecology

Part 3: Writing development as a necessary dimension of language and literacy education

Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education Frances Christie reflects on writing in Primary English language education over the last 40 years.

Part 2: Literature as the key to imagination, language and meaning

Dr Lorraine McDonald reflects on children’s literature and four decades of PETAA, in a three-part video interview, and in a lucid companion essay with contributions from Libby Gleeson and Maurice Saxby.

Read the companion essay | Watch the whole video from Part 1 above or go to Part 2 (14:23) or Part 3 (13:07)

Part 1: Literacy as behaviour, processing and social activity

In a three-part video and companion essay, referenced to key PETAA resources, Professor Peter Freebody reflects on PETAA's anniversary and interprets the journey of forty years.

Read the companion essay | Watch the whole video from Part 1 above or go to Part 2 (9:20) or Part 3 (7:58)