PETAA Papers

Practical articles focusing on a specific aspect of English and literacy teaching 

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PETAA PAPER 221 — Reading models: putting the jigsaw together

Date of Publication: 12/11/2020
This PETAA Paper in 2020 by Bronwyn Parkin, aimed at education students and early career teachers, outlines the place of reading and writing in language development, to then provide an overview of a range of reading models.

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PETAA PAPER 217 — Writing the future: authors in schools project

Date of Publication: 30/06/2020
This PETAA Paper in 2019 by Tracy Grice outlines the work that author-in-residence Louise Park undertook at Concordia College in 2018, with a focus on Year 5 students, as part of PETAA’s Writing the Future outreach supported by the Copyright Agency

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PETAA PAPER 216 — Writing beyond the classroom using the community as a resource

Date of Publication: 11/06/2019
This PETAA Paper in 2019 by Adam Hall explains a school project that involved community members sharing their stories, aspirations and inspirations with students, which students then used for writing designed to motivate them to engage authentically

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PETAA PAPER 213 — My language is in my heart and my head

Date of Publication: 15/10/2018
This PETAA Paper by Janet Dutton, Jacqueline D’warte, Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton in 2018, subtitled ‘Hearing student voices in multilingual classrooms’, complements and extends the approach detailed in the PETAA book Tell Me Your Story

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PETAA PAPER 211 — The Power of Teacher Talk: Developing quality mentoring relationships

Date of Publication: 16/04/2018
This PETAA Paper by Gill Pennington and Margaret Turnbull in 2018 explores ways of improving the quality of mentoring relationships in schools by focusing on professional dialogue, extending understandings of the value of talk in the classroom ...

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PETAA PAPER 202 — Engaging and supporting all our students to read and learn from reading

Date of Publication: 12/05/2016
This PETAA Paper by David Rose in 2016 outlines a set of strategies, based on practical classroom research, that are designed to help teachers meet the complex requirements of curriculum, student behaviour and individual needs

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PETAA PAPER 200 — Connecting research and practice

Date of Publication: 28/08/2015
This PETAA Paper by Marcelle Holliday celebrates its status as Number 200 by exploring the methods and collaborative potential of action research, using PETAA publications and resources for professional learning

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PETAA PAPER 197 — Responding to literature: Talking about books in Literature Circles

Date of Publication: 10/11/2014
This PETAA Paper revisits Literature Circles to provide strong support for teachers looking to find a way to embed informed appreciation of literary texts in English programs which align with the Australian Curriculum.

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PETAA PAPER 190 — Literacy within, across and beyond the curriculum

Date of Publication: 30/08/2013
This PETAA Paper by Lorrae Ward in 2013 argues that to ignore the rich learning experiences beyond the school gates and outside the curriculum is to trivialise the world young people inhabit and risk making school irrelevant.

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PETAA Paper 188 — Literacy as behaviour, process, and social activity

Date of Publication: 5/12/2012
Also published as PETAA Paper 188, the companion essay to Project 40 Part 1 — a three-part video, in which Professor Peter Freebody reflects on PETAA's anniversary and interprets the journey of forty years, with reference to key PETAA publications.

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PETAA PAPER 177 — Why bother Blogging?

Date of Publication: 1/10/2010
This PETAA Paper by Georgia Constanti (originally published as e:update 015 in 2010, updated in 2015) explores the role of blogs in developing students’ literacy and presents a practical approach to starting your students’ blogging.

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PEN 162 — Planning the learning environment for refugee background students

Date of Publication: 11/09/2008
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, this PEN by Pam Luizzi and Janet Saker outlines the very different needs of students from refugee and disrupted schooling backgrounds and provides background knowledge in planning a literacy program

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PEN 150 —Teaching students who speak Aboriginal English

Date of Publication: 22/09/2005
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, this PEN by Yvonne Haig, Patricia Konigsberg and Glenys Collard explores the relationship and differences of Aboriginal English to Standard Australian English and the implications for teaching.

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PEN 120 — Language tracks: Aboriginal English and the classroom

Date of Publication: 15/06/1999
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, the purpose of this PEN by Lee Simpson, Geoff Munns and Sue Clancy is to encourage teachers of Aboriginal students to see how Aboriginal English is a pivotal element of their classroom relationships

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PEN 093 — Aboriginal English

Date of Publication: 1/07/1995
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, this PEN by Diana Eades focuses on issues for Aboriginal children and English language teaching in primary schools, including the language skills and strengths, and needs of Aboriginal children

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