Genre pedagogy and literacy across learning

Clare McAlister, Susan Ellis

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This paper reports on an intervention based on genre pedagogy, in secondary geography and primary 6/7 classes. The intervention resulted in statistically significant impacts on pupil attainment in some contexts, but not all. The paper offers an analysis of the interplay between the affordances and the constraints of the classroom, school, subject and local authority policies which form the contexts for teachers implementing literacy across learning. However it also reports conflicting assumptions made about teachers’ understandings of literacy teaching. The intervention challenged notions of 'good practice' and the study suggests that a more nuanced appreciation of the challenges posed by the call for 'literacy across learning' if it is to be successful.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 19 Nov 2014
EventScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2014 - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201422 Nov 2014


ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleSERA 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • genre pedagogy
  • geography teaching
  • literacy teaching


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