Journal article

Language and reading instruction in early years' classrooms: the knowledge and self-rated ability of Australian teachers

Hannah L Stark, Pamela C Snow, Patricia A Eadie, Sharon R Goldfeld

Annals of Dyslexia | SPRINGER | Published : 2016


This study sought to investigate the level of knowledge of language constructs in a cohort of Australian teachers and to examine their self-rated ability and confidence in that knowledge. Seventy-eight teachers from schools across the Australian state of Victoria completed a questionnaire which included items from existing measures, as well as newly developed items. Consistent with a number of earlier Australian and international studies, teachers' explicit and implicit knowledge of basic linguistic constructs was limited and highly variable. A statistically significant correlation was found between (1) total self-rated ability and (2) years since qualification and experience teaching the ea..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The Classroom Promotion of Oral Language Project is funded by grants from the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP13011308) and the Ian Potter Foundation. Sharon Goldfeld is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship 1082922. We acknowledge and thank all of the teachers for their contributions to this study. We also acknowledge and thank Francesca Orsini from the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institue for her assistance with this project.