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Assessment Task 1 Guidelines 1) “Respond to key questions which guide you to analyse the theories and practices covered in weeks 1-5….” 2) Length: 1500 words, plus references 3) You will be given 3 questions, of which you select 2, and write between 600-900 on each (total 1500 words ± 10%) 4) Five academic references are required (in total), at least 3 of which must be from the prescribed readings. 5) Do not cite non-academic texts, such as Wikipedia or blogs (but you can use these yourself as a starting point) 6) No more than 2% can be quoted material. 7)Explains key concepts relating to literacy and numeracy education 8)Relates research literature to practice 9)Writes cohesively, accurately, and with appropriate citation of others’work. The assignment is in report format, with sub-headings. Style Presentation a. clear, academic English a. 1.5 spacing b. no dot points b. 11 or 12 point font c. no contractions [eg isn’t] c. page numbers and word count d. APA referencing d. no contents page, introduction or conclusion ANSWER Questions IN FOUR SECTIONS 1(a) DISPLAY YOUR UNDERSTANDING, AND PREVIEW THE MAIN IDEAS Gibbons describes [discusses/outlines] this key Vygotskian notion of the social nature of learning in relation to [in light of/with respect to] three main features [components/characteristics/goals] 1(b) OPTIONAL, DEPENDING ON THE QUESTION AND CONTEXT BRING IN OTHER RELEVANT IDEAS BY THAT AUTHOR G. sees that …, also points out that…, argues that… (2) SUMMARISE ADDITIONAL VIEWS FROM THE LITERATURE Similar/different ideas are put forward by x y and x [names of authors], who construct [build upon/interpret] Vygotsky’s view of cognition in the following ways…. Synthesise your account by ideas – each paragraph starts with a topic/ theme. NB: This is a brief literature review, and not an annotated bibliography, where each paragraph would start with a new study, eg ‘Smith (2003) found that….; Jones (2008) studied….] (3) RELATE TO YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE In my experience as a learner [at school, u/g, p/g, other]; as a teacher [trainer/parent/older sister/brother], children/people learn…. (4) REFERENCE LIST – APA TASK 1 QUESTIONS Select two from the following. (1) Educational Theory Discuss, in relation to education, Vygotsky’s view that ‘Through others, we become ourselves.’ (1997, p. 105).* (2) Teaching Practice and EAL/D students Select one element from the NSW QTF (2003): - briefly summarise it - analyse its relevance to EAL/D learners at secondary school - provide some concrete examples ** (3) Literacy and Numeracy Discuss the similarities and differences between: either (a) Maths and Numeracy or (b) English and Literacy * Vygotsky, L. S. (1997). The genesis of higher mental functions. In R. Reiber (Ed.), The history of the development of higher mental functions: Vol. 4, pp. 97-120. New York: Plenum. Originally published in 1931. ** NSW DET (2003). Quality teaching in NSW public schools: A classroom practice guide. Retrieved from

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