Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores a range of theories to explain how reading and writing develop. The course will encourage students to challenge a number of popular perspectives and consider the implications for practice.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop a critical understanding of theories of literacy acquisition;

2. Explore their instructional implications; and

3. Apply their understanding of literacy development to assess literacy issues and design a programme tailored to the individual students' needs in an educational context.


The following list indicates indicative course content:
Theories of literacy acquisition and development
Critiquing theories of literacy development
Diversity in development of reading and writing literacy
Approaches to reading and writing instruction and promoting reading and writing development

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: On-line Discussion

Literature Review: Literature Review

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study