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By Sue Ellis, Elspeth McCartney

Smooth fundamental academics needs to adapt literacy programmes and make sure effective studying for all. they have to additionally aid young children with language and literacy problems, little ones studying English as an extra language and probably educate a latest overseas language. to do that successfully, they should comprehend the utilized linguistics examine that underpins such a lot of diversified components of the language and literacy curriculum. This publication illustrates the impression of utilized linguistics on curriculum frameworks and pedagogy. It captures the variety of utilized linguistics wisdom that academics want, and illustrates how this can be framed and is utilized by coverage makers, researchers, instructor educators and the opposite professions who paintings with academics in faculties. It considers the right way to influence expert improvement that works. it really is crucial analyzing for basic academics but in addition for speech and language therapists, academic psychologists, studying help academics and all these doing language or literacy examine within the basic lecture room.

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Who decides what primary teachers need? 25 These circulars were followed by the introduction of ‘professional standards’ in 2002, revised in 2008 (TDA 2008b), including the addition of requirements to cover teachers’ advancement through the profession. However, the previous detailed specific requirements for subject knowledge were relegated to further guidance, as knowledge was now summarised in standards for trainee teachers who should: Q 14 Have a secure knowledge and understanding of their subjects/curriculum areas and related pedagogy to enable them to teach effectively across the age and ability range for which they are trained.

Horan and Hersi give examples of why this type of knowledge matters, and of how the shifting needs of children and of teachers must feed upwards to impact on the thinking of those who are involved in teacher education policy and course design. Other changes are those introduced by educational policy makers whose aim is to make educational interventions more effective or the school curriculum more in tune with the economic needs of the country. The moves towards inclusion, particularly for children with specific language, communication and literacy impairments in mainstream classrooms and the drive to teach modern foreign languages in primary schools are both examples of this type of innovation.

The links made between the curriculum that teachers had to deliver and the subject knowledge required as part of teacher training raises the following question:€to what extent are curricula informed by an authoritative evidence base? This question has bedevilled policy implementation. Excessive Government prescription is, on principle, open to criticism but the problem is exacerbated if recommendations are not seen to be informed by the strongest possible evidence base. Such strong evidence is needed to ensure the appropriateness of structures, the coherence and the relevance of policies, and to act as a check on unnecessary bureaucracy.

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