Literacy skills of Bachelor of Education (Primary) students
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
This article describes a project which identified the skills and abilities in written literacy of preservice teachers, as well as their needs in this area. An intervention to address their needs is evaluated and its outcomes assessed, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses. Results show that it is possible to improve these students’ literacy skills and awareness even with such a short intervention as is described here. However, the intervention was most successful in dealing with lower-level linguistic variables such as punctuation and spelling, in contrast to higher-level text and paragraph structures.