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Teaching to the NAPLAN writing test. Why some teachers do and some teachers donít


Thomas, DP and Greaves, R and Moore, RA and Rundle, OC and Emery, SG and te Riele, K and Kowaluk, A, Teaching to the NAPLAN writing test. Why some teachers do and some teachers don't, ALEA National Conference, 9 - 12 August, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 9. (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Over a million Australian students complete the National Assessment Plan Ė Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests each May, yet the implementation of NAPLAN has been controversial for many reasons. Increasing media articles, research papers and reports suggest these tests have been bad for learning, bad for wellbeing, and bad for teacher practice. But the influence of NAPLAN on teacher practice differs widely from school to school and classroom to classroom. In this mixed methods study, we sought to uncover factors influencing the use of NAPLAN support materials by Tasmanian secondary English teachers to plan, teach and assess persuasive writing lessons. We used a survey and focus group conversation to investigate the extent that six individual and school factors helped explain why some teachers rely on NAPLAN materials while others avoid them. The findings highlighted two factors that significantly influenced teacher decisions to plan, teach and assess to the test, which we will explain. Do you believe NAPLAN has enabled or constrained Australian studentsí literacy learning? What are the norms regarding the implementation of NAPLAN at your school? As the future of NAPLAN and MySchool are publicly debated, we invite you to come and share your perspective on this controversial issue.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:NAPLAN, writing, assessment
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:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Thomas, DP (Dr Damon Thomas)
UTAS Author:Moore, RA (Dr Robbie Moore)
UTAS Author:Rundle, OC (Dr Olivia Rundle)
UTAS Author:Emery, SG (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:135168
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-10-04
Last Modified:2019-10-04

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