Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia

Scaffolding science with educationally marginalised students

Helen Harper and Bronwyn Parkin, both ALPAA members, won a grant in 2016 from the Primary English Teachers' Association of Australia (PETAA) to investigate scaffolding the language of science and maths with educationally marginalised students. They worked with four expert Accelerated Literacy practitioners at Maningrida College, Arnhem Land (Dan Bell and Matt Lotherington), and Cowandilla Primary School, Adelaide (Michael Cannavan and Louise Walker), to apply to science and maths the principles of scaffolding used in AL. The research report will be presented to the PETAA board in December, 2017 and a PETAA publication for teachers will be available in mid-2018.  

In October, Helen Harper delivered a presentation on the research project at the PPP (People. Policy. Place) seminar series at Charles Darwin University. The seminar is now up in Vimeo.The presentation is 45 minutes long. 

View seminar here.

The seminar will be the basis of an ALPAA BrainWaves session in April, 2018, but it is available here for public viewing.