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Students' reading achievement during the transition from primary to secondary school

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Hopwood, B ORCID: 0000-0002-7444-6908, Hay, I and Dyment, J ORCID: 0000-0002-7960-5971 2017 , 'Students' reading achievement during the transition from primary to secondary school' , Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, vol. 40, no. 1 , pp. 46-58 .

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Abstract

Adolescent literacy achievement has been, and continues to be, a hot topic in the educationalcommunity, with concerns about students’ literacy capabilities consistently dominating theeducational landscape, particularly in the area of reading. What is known from years ofeducational research, high stakes testing and teacher testimonials is that reading is an area ofdifficulty for many adolescent students. The focus of this research was to investigateadolescents’ reading attainment at one of the most important times in a students’educational career; the transition from primary school (Year 6) to secondary school (Year 7).Seven co-educational government schools from the state of Tasmania, Australia, participatedin the research, whereby a combination of primary and secondary schools from both ruraland urban areas were included. Conducted over a two phase process, the research utilisedthe Progressive Achievement Test in Reading (PAT-R) to determine changes in students’reading ability. Methods of quantitative analysis were utilised and employed a series ofstatistical tests. Results revealed that, for the overall cohort, students’ PAT-R scoressignificantly declined from Year 6 to Year 7, indicating that the transition to secondaryschool can have serious negative effects on students’ reading attainment as they transitioninto secondary education. The research findings raise attention to the impact that transitioncan have upon adolescent students’ educational success and concludes with suggestions forhow schools and educators can enhance the transition process and support students intoeffective secondary school literacy learning.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hopwood, B and Hay, I and Dyment, J
Keywords: transition, literacy, reading
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Publisher: Australian Literacy Educators' Association
ISSN: 1038-1562
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