Learning How to Teach: A Supported Literacy Coaching Program for Pre-service Teachers

By Prudence M. Smith.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Literacy teaching is baffling! Pre-service teachers in the first few years of their Education degrees are required to grapple with an enormous amount of information as they try to manoeuvre their way around the busy literacy curriculum. Depending on their practicum experiences, it is possible that pre-service teachers’ understandings of literacy teaching and learning might not have progressed too far beyond their text books by the time they are required to deliver a coherent literacy program in their own classrooms. This paper shares the literacy coaching experience offered to undergraduate students at Edith Cowan University (ECU), where small tutorial groups work with the support of an experienced teacher to deliver tutoring to year one and two children from local schools in Perth, Western Australia.

Keywords: Pre-service Teachers, Teacher Education, Literacy, Coaching

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.271-280. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 716.595KB).

Prudence M. Smith

Lecturer, Fogarty Learning Centre, School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Pru Smith is a Lecturer in Language Education and works within the Fogarty Learning Center at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. She is a literacy specialist whose teaching has focused upon literacy learning difficulties in the primary years.

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