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Confirmation of Candidature : Candidate - Brad Perks

An Exploration of Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives and Practices Related to Critical Literacy and the Media: A DBR Intervention to Support EAL/D Students

Date: 13 August 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Venue: Springfield - B154, or via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
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This study aims to develop a theoretical understanding of the relationship between critical literacy of media texts and the teaching of English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) students in mainstream Queensland secondary schools. There is an achievement gap that is experienced by EAL/D students in Australian schools, who are often relegated to remedial curriculum programs and didactic pedagogical approaches. The study will explore teachers’ language-related literacy practices through the integration of critical media literacies in their classrooms, to: 1) identify the range of critical literacies that EAL/D students require in this media-saturated age; 2) identify useful critical media literacy skills; and 3) generate a framework for EAL/D curriculum design that develops students’ critical media literacies. This research will be conducted with secondary school teachers in Queensland schools that have a high percentage of EAL/D students. The research will be informed by a pragmatist approach combined with a conceptual focus on translanguaging, and will employ a design based research method, which includes a three-stage iteration process of data collection, analysis and reflection. Data will include interviews with teachers and students, focus groups along with field notes and work samples, which will be analysed to inform the development of the EAL/D the curriculum. The results will contribute to empirical knowledge and theories of critical media literacies