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Title: Aboriginal and rural students' comprehension and talk about image-language relations in reading tests
Contributor(s): Daly, Ann Elizabeth (author); Unsworth, Leonard  (supervisor); Chan, Eveline  (supervisor)orcid ; Lind, Peter (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2011
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This thesis investigates the nature of image-language relations in State-wide group reading tests for primary school students conducted in all New South Wales government schools and most non-government schools from 2005-2007. It also investigates the comprehension of these image-language relations by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in metropolitan, provincial and rural locations. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken in relation to: the image, language and intermodal complexities in the reading passages that are reflected in the difficulty of assessment items; students' reading strategies; and their inferences and the linguistic complexity of their talk about the images and language in the texts. The text and item analysis revealed differences in the difficulty of items according to the type of image-language relation and complexity in the language involved. The number of inferences students made and the amount of linguistic complexity in their talk did not differ according to Aboriginal status, geo-location and gender. However, the similarities in Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage for the sample schools in different locations could have resulted in the sample schools not being representative of social differences that exist in the State-wide population. The finding that students' reading scores correlated with the number of correct answers chosen using expected reading strategies, the number of inferences made and the amount of linguistic complexity in students' talk about texts, regardless of Aboriginal status, geo-location or gender, suggests that State-wide differences in reading performance between these groups are due to additional factors beyond Aboriginality, gender and geo-location.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Rights Statement: Copyright 2011 - Ann Elizabeth Daly
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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