Teacher guide A reading intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

TLF ID S7001

This teacher resource is about a strategy to improve the reading and writing skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at five public high schools in the Australian Capital Territory. The strategy takes a multi-pronged approach that calls for a focus on explicit core literacy strategies and cultural competency. The resource details the development of cultural competency by the school staff and leaders and the establishment of culturally responsive environments. It describes the quantitative and qualitative outcomes achieved, identifies the strategy's research base and provides references and links to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is of value in supporting the reading and writing component of the English curriculum area and the curriculum's application in the context of student diversity. It describes research-based literacy intervention strategies in some detail and examines their success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students in Canberra. The resource also discusses the lessons learned from the strategies as well as the next steps for the schools involved.
  • The resource exemplifies the application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority, not only in the English curriculum, but within a whole-school approach. The overall strategy is connected particularly well to the priority's organising idea that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing. The resource provides links to research on Aboriginal learning pedagogies and to documents on a pedagogical framework for cultural competence and ways to establish a culturally responsive environment.
Year level

7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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