Title

The literacy skills of secondary teaching undergraduates: Results of diagnostic testing and a discussion of findings

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education

RAS ID

18483

Comments

This article was originally published as: Moon B. (2014). The literacy skills of secondary teaching undergraduates: Results of diagnostic testing and a discussion of findings. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(12), 111-130. Original article available here

Abstract

The capacity of secondary school teachers to support general literacy and to teach discipline-specific literacy skills depends upon their personal literacy competence. Diagnostic testing of 203 secondary teaching undergraduates at one Australian university revealed deficiencies in personal literacy competence that could affect their future teaching effectiveness. The sample of undergraduates was tested in spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation. Analysis of the results showed high rates of error on general spelling and vocabulary tasks. The degree of error in many cases was severe. For some undergraduates, the prospect of successful remediation so late in their academic career appeared poor. It is suggested that universities need to monitor admission standards and continue to invest in ongoing remediation.

DOI

10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.8

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