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Literacy Behaviour: A Study Among Trainee-teachers in Teacher-training Colleges in Malaysia


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ambigapathy Pandian, and Sachithanantham Tachina Moorthi

School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

Traditionally, when print discourses were dominant, literacy studies focused on reading and writing. Today, print exists alongside a plethora of other media. We need to develop peoples' 'multiliteracies' so that all can be successful and powerful participants in society (New London Group, 1996). Teachers should understand the critical role they play in the education of young people. Informing students with multiple literacies is ultimately the responsibility of teachers. In order to do that, teachers themselves should keep informed. Teachers' literacy behaviour (which includes the teachers engagement in print, especially materials related to their professional development and other forms of communication like internet and multimedia) will influence their students' literacy behaviour. This literacy behaviour (being informed) will contribute to their ability in producing educated and informed citizens. In order to understand the literacy behaviour, we decided to carry out a study (May 2000) among a group of Malaysian trainee teachers. The study was on trainee teachers rather than practicing teachers because literacy behaviour in teacher training colleges will influence their behaviour as practitioners upon graduation. Furthermore, the findings of the study can also provide suggestions to teacher training colleges on the type of literacies that can be stressed for the would-be teachers of the 21st century.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector