Winners All Round: A University and Football Code to Facilitate Reading in the Primary School Classroom

By Janette Long and Suzan Hirsch.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Partnerships between universities and community organisations are not new. However what is unique and interesting about the partnership reported upon in this paper is the profiling of reading, particularly for boys, as the key feature of the partnership where a prestigious football sporting code collaborated with an Australian university in order to facilitate individual and cross institutional goals. Partnerships hold many advantages and as this paper reports, the ‘Rugby League Reads’ project created mutual benefits that enriched teaching practice and achieved improved reading and learning outcomes for primary aged students.

Keywords: Partnerships, Literacy, Sporting Codes

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.51-61. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 27, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 372.452KB)).

Dr. Janette Long

Associate Professor in Education, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW, Australia

Dr. Janette Long is an Associate Professor in Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield and contributes to both primary and secondary teacher education courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research interests include professional development and learning, supervision, the practicum, mentoring, teachers’ professional knowledge, diversity in the classroom, curriculum, assessment and evaluation issues.

Suzan Hirsch

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW, Australia

Suzan Hirsch is currently completing her PhD studies in boys' literacy aquisition. She is a lecturer in literacy and curriculum pedagogies with research interests in teachers' professional learning and engaging children in reading.