Youth literacy development through applied learning and the national curriculum

Blake, Damian and Bowling, Bernadette 2011, Youth literacy development through applied learning and the national curriculum, in Creating an Australian curriculum for English : national agendas, local contexts, Phoenix Education, Putney, N.S.W., pp.139-154.

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Title Youth literacy development through applied learning and the national curriculum
Author(s) Blake, Damian
Bowling, Bernadette
Title of book Creating an Australian curriculum for English : national agendas, local contexts
Editor(s) Doecke, Brenton
Parr, Graham
Sawyer, Wayne
Publication date 2011
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 16
Start page 139
End page 154
Total pages 16
Publisher Phoenix Education
Place of Publication Putney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) applied learning
literacy
youth education
national curriculum
Summary The introduction of a national curriculum into Australian schools coincides with an increasing body of research emphasising the importance of completing Year 12 or its equivalent if young people are to achieve successful transitions beyond school. This research is reflected in Australian government policy targets to achieve secondary school completion rates to at least 90% by 2015. State governments across the country have also embraced these targets, with some states already achieving above this level thanks to innovative curriculum and pedagogical initiatives that are more attuned to applied ways of learning.

In this chapter we examine the challenges faced by school leaders and teachers as they re-conceptualise approaches to youth literacy development through applied learning pedagogy. We begin by exploring definitions and applications of applied learning and examining the relatively recent growth of applied learning in secondary schools. We discuss the impetus for using applied learning approaches to literacy development and consider the challenges manifest in the day-to-day professional practices of secondary school teachers who use applied learning to engage young people who may otherwise leave school early. We conclude by exploring tensions emerging from the use of applied learning approaches to youth literacy development in Australia and the new demands created by a national curriculum.
ISBN 1921586532
9781921586538
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046043

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Education
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