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ECU researchers seek to improve literacy in needy schools

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

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Researchers at ECU's Institute for Educational Research and Development have been awarded $430,000 in funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to improve literacy outcomes in disadvantaged schools.

Principals as Literacy Leaders is a national project involving the Australian Primary Principals Association, Griffith University and the Australian Catholic University.

The project aims to develop a research-based program to enhance the leadership capabilities of primary school principals to improve literacy education in needy schools.

Commencing at the end of March, the project involves 60 representatives from low socio-economic schools and indigenous communities in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Principals will attend a series of professional development workshops, providing them with knowledge, skills and support materials to take back to their schools.

They'll then be able to work with teachers, students and parents to foster effective literacy teaching.

Principals as Literacy Leaders is a pilot project, and if successful, will be implemented in schools across Australia to help progress towards the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) national literacy targets.

The two-year project is being led at ECU by Professor Greg Robson, Head of the School of Education along with Associate Professor Deslea Konza and Dr Graeme Lock.

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