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Learning to Write/Reading to Learn

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This book presents the research of the ‘Sydney School’ in language and literacy pedagogy. Widely known as genre-based pedagogy, the research is cutting-edge, but is built on 30 years of developments in the field, in a unique collaboration between functional linguists and literacy educators. This collaboration has transformed linguistic and pedagogic theory into a powerful, comprehensive methodology for embedding literacy teaching in educational practice. The book is written to be useful for practitioners, researchers and students, building up pedagogic, linguistic and social theory in steps, contextualized within teaching practice. Topics covered include the genre-based writing pedagogy, genres across the school curriculum, pedagogy for learning through reading, and the pedagogic metalanguage developed in the research. On one hand this volume offers educators an unparalleled set of strategies for transforming educational outcomes; on the other it offers researchers powerful tools for investigating and redesigning educational practice.

Published: May 1, 2012


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements David Rose, J. R. Martin
1. Contexts
1.1 Genre, knowledge and pedagogy in the Sydney School 1.2 Why Australia? 1.3 Learning in school 1.4 The language learning task David Rose, J. R. Martin
2 Language and social power
2.1 Beginnings: the Writing Project 2.2 Types of writing in infants and primary school 2.3 Knowledge about language: genre 2.4 Teaching genre: Language and Social Power project 2.5 Negotiating meaning: teacher—student interactions David Rose, J. R. Martin
3 Write it Right/the Right to Write
3.1 Embedded literacy: the Write it Right project 3.2 Genre and field 3.3 Understanding things: classification and composition 3.4 Understanding processes: activity sequencing 3.5 Expressing opinions: knowledge and values 3.6 Buil David Rose, J. R. Martin
4 Reading to Learn
4.1 From learning to write to Reading to Learn 4.2 A functional perspective on reading 4.3 Engaging readers: stories 4.4 Informing readers: factual texts 4.5 Evaluating issues and texts: arguments and text responses 4.6 Intensive st David Rose, J. R. Martin
5 Knowledge about language (KAL)
5.1 A pedagogic metalanguage 5.2 Grammar: words and structures 5.3 Discourse: meaning beyond the clause David Rose, J. R. Martin
6 Knowledge about pedagogy
6.1 The curriculum genre: a theory of teaching and learning David Rose, J. R. Martin
End Matter
References David Rose
Index David Rose

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The book is a useful framework for researchers to investigate the relation between language and education, and a powerful tool for education practitioners to reflect on current education practice and improve educational outcomes. It offers students with insights into the essence of knowledge and a short-cut way to improve their learning efficiency. It also offers social workers a penetrating revelation of the source of social injustice and a toolkit for them to promote social justice and scaffold democracy.
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