learning to write

Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on

By Annette Woods and Aspa Baroutsis and Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

You couldn’t miss the headlines and page one stories across Australia recently about the decline of Australian children’s writing skills. The release of results of national tests in literacy and numeracy meant we were treated to a range of colour-coded tables and various info graphics that highlighted ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ and that dire, downward trend.

Learning to write in Year 1 is vital: new research findings

By Noella Mackenzie

By the time children are eight they can spend up to half their day at school involved in a range of lessons that require them to write. Consequently, children who struggle with writing can be seriously disadvantaged. My colleagues and I decided to investigate what was happening with the teaching and learning of writing in