Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 36, Issue 2 May 2008 , pages 121 - 134
Contemporary teacher educators often find themselves teaching large numbers of students from increasingly diverse backgrounds an expanded curriculum in a university environment characterised by cost-cutting and a climate of “user pays”. Ensuring that students graduate with sufficiently well-developed literacy skills to equip them to prepare future generations for the complex literacy requirements of contemporary society can be challenging.
Informed by data from a longitudinal, qualitative study of 10 students' literacy development across the four years of a Bachelor of Education course, we propose a range of strategies that can be used to develop effective literacy practices. Through careful mapping of the assessment requirements over a four year degree, and by setting tasks which require students to engage with complex reading material and which offer a high degree of challenge coupled with adequate support, staff can assist students to develop the range of literacy practices required for success at university and in their future teaching careers.