Implementation of the Early Years Literacy Program in Victoria, Australia: What Can We Learn?

By Herli Salim.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. After sixty six years of independence, the Indonesian literacy rate is still a big problem. This study sought to find a literacy framework to be adopted in Indonesia to enhance the literacy rate. The Victorian-Australia Early Years Literacy Program was chosen as the focus of this study because of its recognized success in bringing about improvements in early years literacy. The study employed a qualitative interpretive methodology. Sixteen primary teachers from four primary schools, four early years literacy coordinators and four primary school principals were interviewed. The implications of such a program in the Indonesian context will be possible but problematic due to cultural factors, strong traditional pedagogies within schools in Indonesia and teacher preparedness.

Keywords: Early Literacy, School Improvement, Literacy Strategies, Pedagogies

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.57-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.778KB).

Dr. Herli Salim

Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, Indonesia University of Education, Serang, Banten, Indonesia

I have been teaching language and literacy in Indonesia University of Education for almost 25 years. My interest is in enhancing the literacy rate among the Indonesian students. I teach prospective primary schools, and it is my passion to increase students’ knowledge in literacy methodology. I got my Master degree from Deakin University Australia in 1997. Since then, I have participated in various literacy seminars in country and overseas. I completed my study in the doctoral program at Deakin University Australia in October 2011. I wish to network with international literacy experts to share ideas for my personal development and literacy improvement in my country.