Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Language and literacy: the obligations of Schools of Education

20 October 2016

A special seminar with Professor R Malatesha (Malt) Joshi, co-hosted by Associate Professor Joanne Arciuli and CRLI.

Research has repeatedly and convicingly shown that poor literacy skills can have devastating effects not only on individuals' social, economic and health issues but also can negatively impact the advancement of societies and nations. Additionally, empirical studies have confirmed that when literacy problems are not identified at the early grade levels, it may be very difficult to rectify the problems later on and the negative effects of illiteracy continue.

Even though various factors such as socioeconomic status, oral-language development and orthography may be reasons for literacy problems, several studies have shown that systematic and explicit instruction based on the structure of language can alleviate this problem. Unfortunately, other research has shown that teachers are not equipped with the knowledge about the linguistic constructs needed to rectify literacy development.

In this talk, Professor Joshi will present findings from his research into teacher knowledge in various countries, including the US, New Zealand, Australia, China and Finland.

Event details

  • When: 5–7pm

  • Where: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their something to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: R. Malatesha Joshi is Professor of Reading and Language Arts Education, ESL and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he teaches and conducts research in literacy development and problems among monolinguals and bilinguals in different orthographies. Dr Joshi is editor of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal and the monograph series titled Literacy Studies: Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education.

    From 1980–2002, Dr Joshi directed seven highly successful NATO Advanced Study Institutes, which helped to bring various fields together to study literacy. He has published numerous books and scientific papers and has received several awards, such as Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar, Germany, and visiting research scholar from Beijing Normal University, China; Goethe Universitat, Germany; and National Cheng Chung University, Taiwan. He has received several grants and also has served on the review panels for Institute of Educational Sciences as well as the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. He is co-principal investigator on two grants currently: COST Action grant to establish European Literacy Network (about 1 million Euros); and an IES grant to study use of technology in improving comprehension in grades 4 and 5 ($US3.5 million).

Language and literacy: the obligations of Schools of Education

Where Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

20 October 2016


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