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ECU literacy research commended by Minister

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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ECU has been commended by the Hon John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts, for its work into positive early literacy practices in Western Australia.

ECU education researchers are currently evaluating the sucess of the WA Government’s Better Beginnings program. The program is part of the Government’s Early Years Strategy, and is an early intervention family literacy program, designed to provide positive literacy influences for children in their first three years of life.

The aim of the research is to assess the impact of the program on early literacy practices in families, over a three year period. The evaluation is based on both quantitative and qualitative research and has revealed some interesting findings and some important issues for future program development.

Minister Day said that the effectiveness and sustainability of Better Beginnings is reliant on the maintenance of strong partnerships, and commended ECU on its continued support and contribution to the program’s success.

Associate Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh, who is leading the ECU team, said it has been a very rewarding project to be involved with, and that her team was pleased to be able to be making a contribution to childhood literacy in Western Australia.

The Better Beginnings program has recently received additional funding from the Government to allow it to continue into 2010.

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