Writing as a 21st century skill:  A dialogic approach to literacy pedagogy​


In response to the growing concern over students’ writing capabilities at the secondary level (Graham, Early, & Wilcox, 2014), this project explores how educators can use talk as a tool to progress the thinking and communication abilities of their students. More specifically, it investigates what it means to take a dialogic approach (Alexander, 2008) to the design and implementation of writing experiences in three secondary school Humanities classrooms. By treating writing as a collaborative problem-solving endeavor, educators can infuse the process of academic writing with a sense of agency and criticality, which, in turn, can contribute to the development of more discerning student writers. Drawing on the local knowledge of schools and extant educational research, I will use a co-inquiry case-study design (Hennessy, Mercer & Warwick, 2011) to collect qualitative data.

Supervisors: Professor Robyn Gillies, Associate professor Deb Brown

Panel members: Dr. Gil Burgh and Dr. Peter Ellerton

Date and Time:  Thursday 28th Feb, 2019 from 330pm - 5pm.

Location: Building 31A (Annexe), Room 103

About HDR Confirmation Seminars

The Confirmation Seminar is the first public presentation in the UQ milestone process.

Staff and students are urged to attend to support your colleagues at this first outing of their project.




Building 31A (Annexe), Room 103