Papers & Workshops



  Deadly Ways to Learn


Rosemary Cahill

Project Coordinator, Education Department of Western Australia, Western Australia

The Deadly Ways to Learn action research was a Commonwealth funded project conducted jointly by government, Catholic and independent school sectors in WA from August 98 to December 99. While the focus of the project was Aboriginal English speaking students and literacy development in the context of bidialectal education, there are clear implications for all students who speak a non-standard dialect of English. There are also broader implications in terms of valuing and learning about linguistic and cultural diversity within our schools. In this presentation we will outline the intent and the operating principles that guided the project's action research and will report the literacy performance of the Aboriginal students involved. The focus of the session, however, will be the qualitative changes that occurred among participants and the programs they offered their students. We will also outline processes that led to these changes.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000