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Category: Transforming lives through learning

Reading with storybook apps

Shared reading of storybooks is an important activity for learning how to read. Young children often enjoy reading with their classroom teachers. Shared reading of digital books (e.g., storybook apps using tablets or iPads) is increasing in the pre-school classroom: however, little is known about how early childhood educators can best enhance children’s interactions with digital storybooks. Read More

“Punching above their weight”: NAPLAN metaphors

How are economically disadvantaged communities and schools portrayed in news stories about school results in the National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments? In one case, a news story used the metaphor, ‘punching well above their weight’, when referring to the NAPLAN results of ‘disadvantaged’ schools. This metaphor represents schools in locations of poverty as performing poorly on NAPLAN by implying that any NAPLAN success is unusual or an exceptional variance. Recent research by Dr Aspa Baroutsis has investigated the use of metaphors in news stories about the NAPLAN performance of schools in locations of poverty in the Australian print media over the last 10 years. Read More

3,100 people tune in to a webinar about living with autism

Have you ever thought about live streaming a webinar about your research findings to engage and inform a public audience? The Autism Centre of Excellence team did just this, and were inundated with viewers. Read More

Advanced Queensland Fellowship awarded to GIER Research Fellow

Griffith Institute for Educational Research Fellow Dr Yoriko Kikkawa has been awarded an Advance Queensland Fellowship that aims to prepare frontline healthcare professionals working with infectious patients during pandemics such as COVID-19. Read More

New study to highlight teacher needs in non-traditional education

Investigating the work of teachers in Australia’s flexible and non-traditional schools is the focus of a new Griffith University study. Read More

Tailored approach to teaching reading may help lift literacy rates

Griffith University researchers have collaborated on a research project to help reading professionals lift literacy rates in students. Read More

Honorary doctorate award: Prof Peter Grootenboer

Professor Peter Grootenboer, a leading scholar in practice theory and action research and Acting Director of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Read More

Indigenizing Education: New book

This new edited collection, published by Springer, is co-edited by GIER scholar, Dr Sue Whatman. Read More

A 21st Century approach to emergent literacy: No flashcards in preschool please!

We believe children need a strong emergent literacy foundation in the years prior to school in preparation for when they experience formal reading instruction at school, writes GIER expert, Dr Michelle Neuman, in a co-authored blog. Read More

Y Connect: Creating critical connections through the Arts

The Y Connect project was a partnership between Yeronga State High School and researchers from Griffith University. Funded by the… Read More

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