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Research Seminars begin 8th March

Friday, 02 March 2012


Associate Professor Deslea Konza, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Fogarty Learning Centre at ECU, will be the first speaker at the Education Institute Research Seminars which begin on Thursday 8 March.

Title: The Big Six in South Australia
Date: Thursday 8 March 2012
Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 108

The Big Six is the framework used to present an evidence-based approach to literacy teaching to over 300 schools in South Australia. This presentation will briefly outline the Big Six, the research base behind it, and how it is being used in South Australian schools as part of the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) project. It will also provide an overview of the Literacy Practices Guide (LPG), which was developed to help principals and teachers review classroom learning environments and specific teaching practices that support literacy throughout the primary years.

Associate Professor Deslea Konza was a primary and special education teacher in NSW for 15 years before taking up a position at the University of Wollongong, where her roles included Special Education Coordinator of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies and Director of the Primary Program. She has been Associate Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Fogarty Learning Centre at ECU since August 2007. Deslea’s current research centres on the development of reading skills, particularly for those children who do not acquire these skills as easily as their peers. She has published textbooks, book chapters and journal articles in the areas of reading difficulties, teacher education, curriculum adjustment and classroom management. She has also published a series of books for junior secondary students who struggle with the literacy level of most textbooks. Deslea is currently involved in research and development projects that focus on developing the literacy of students in low SES primary schools.

For more information please download the seminar flyer and the Education Research Seminars flyer.


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