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Interview with Dr Damon Thomas


Thomas, DP, Interview with Dr Damon Thomas, Statewide Mornings, ABC Radio Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania (2015) [Media Interview]

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Interview with Dr. Damon Thomas, Lecturer on English Education, University of Tasmania, about literacy. Gillman says that common assumptions about numeracy and literacy will be scrutinised in a public symposium to be held at the Cradle Coast campus of UTAS. Thomas says that the NAPLAN tests have had a profound impact on Australian education since 2008. At the symposium, Thomas says he will be speaking about the tests, and the emphasise given to the tests. He says that some teachers start preparing 5 months before the tests and this causes student anxiety. He says that his research shows that spending weeks preparing does not necessarily give a good account for a successful test. Thomas says that the concept of literacy is different these days and says that people need to be able to interpret multimodal texts, such as symbols, images, and gestures. Thomas says that parents have to also prepare their children for school.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:NAPLAN, writing instruction
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Thomas, DP (Dr Damon Thomas)
ID Code:119876
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-07
Last Modified:2017-09-25

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