'Almost Like a Revolution in the School' - Embedding Literacy Across Learning Areas: A Case Study

Faulkner, Val
October 2012
Literacy Learning: The Middle Years;Oct2012, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p9
Academic Journal
Case Study
As part of the National Partnerships Literacy Project, the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia participated in an action learning project with the University of Western Australia to target literacy in the middle years of school. While the main focus of this project was to help teachers explore ways of integrating literacy teaching and learning with content (learning area) teaching in Year 7-9, it also considered ways of engaging teachers in professional learning that involved a range of collaborative, practical and professional processes. The Making the Links project (Faulkner, Oakley, Lopes & Solosy, 2012) focused on building teacher capacity to support adolescent literacies across the secondary school curriculum. This article reports on one school's engagement within this initiative highlighting the factors that supported and those that constrained the success of the initiative. Teachers felt it was 'almost like a revolution in the school' as attitudes and enthusiasm across departments, in relation to literacy, changed over the two year project.


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