Home >  Blog >  Reading and the review of the Australian Curriculum

Reading and the review of the Australian Curriculum

Posted by Garry Collins, AATE President on 16 October 2014

The following letter was submitted for possible inclusion in The Australian of Thursday 16 October 2014 but it was not selected for publication. It was responding to part of an opinion piece by Paul Kelly (the journalist, not the singer/songwriter).

Emphasis on content needed to improve reading?

Paul Kelly’s interpretation of part of the review of the national curriculum seems to be that a greater emphasis on content rather than competencies is needed to improve the performance of Australian students in international tests of reading (“Curriculum report will be a test for Pyne’s political skill”, 15/4).

This is puzzling since most people would consider reading to be a set of competencies or skills. If Kelly has not misread the report, it would be useful for the reviewers to advise the sets of facts, the content, that needs to be learnt, perhaps  by rote memorisation, for students to be able to read with comprehension at all levels of the school system.

Garry Collins
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)

Garry Collins, AATE PresidentAuthor: Garry Collins, AATE President
About: Garry Collins is the Immediate Past President of ETAQ and began a 2 year term as AATE President on 1 January 2014. A retired high school English teacher, he now works in the School of Education at the University of Queensland as a sessional tutor in English curriculum courses.
Tags: Curriculum matters

Post comment

Upcoming Events

National Conference, Melbourne

The AATE National Conference will be held in Melbourne from 30 November to 3rd December. The theme is My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice. The program is available here; visit the conference website Early bird registration closes on 20 September. A range of prices includes $550 for personal mem...

Category:   National Conference
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 30th November 2019
Venue:   Melbourne, various locations


View all

Latest News

Lindsay Williams and the Analytical Essay

 

The video of this presentation can be found in the members area  as part of  Masterclass 4 which was conducted in semester 2, 2018.

View all

Blog Feed

Grammar myths

Sep 12 2017
An edited version of the letter below was pu...

Impact on learning

Sep 12 2017
The following letter was submitted to The Au...
Read all

Testimonials

Read All

This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.

ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.

I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.

Read All

Newsletter

Receive updates
from ETAQ

PO Box 3375, STAFFORD,
Queensland, Australia, 4053
(07) 3284 3718
ABN: 17 689 278 512

Connect to a great range of people who are passionate about English and have their finger on the pulse.

Be Connected