Nola Purdie

Nola Purdie
Australian Council for Educational Research | ACER · Teaching, Learning & Transitions

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This paper reports on an investigation of the role of positive self-identity in affecting school outcomes for Australian Indigenous students. Positive self-identity has been suggested as one of the factors which result in greater commitment and connection to schooling by Indigenous students, leading to better school outcomes. Consultations were con...
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This study was undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd (ACER) and presents a number of findings related to the gambling behaviour of young people in Australia. Three surveys were developed and administered between August 2009 and May 2010. They included on-line; pencil and paper; and computer assisted telephone interviews...
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Should Aboriginal students be taught in their own languages? Nola Purdie considers strategies for strengthening the quality of Indigenous languages programs in schools.
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This report is the fourth stage of the Literacy Advance Research Project (LARP), and investigates the student literacy development into Year 7. the research tracked a sub-sample of the initial cohort of students who were in Year 1 in 1998 through to Year 7. The literacy development of Year 7 students was investigated using data obtained from a surv...
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The aim of the current research was to examine pre—service, general and special education teachers attitudes to and knowledge of metalinguistics (awareness of language structure) in the process of learning to read. Effective teachers of reading, writing, and spelling need to understand the relationship between speech and print because these basic...
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The present literature review arises in the context of the Australian Government's policy initiative of working with the States and Territories to ensure that all Australian children achieve acceptable standards of literacy and numeracy. A key Government priority has been to focus on achieving real, sustained improvements in the literacy and numera...
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Closing the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is one of the most pressing current educational imperatives. Given the diversity of educational disadvantage experienced by Indigenous students, and the contexts within which they obtain their education, success in closing the divide is taking a multifaceted approach. One of the most...
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This study examined the relationship between adolescents' academic and non-academic self-regulation (SR), authoritative parenting (as demonstrated by high levels of Involvement, Strictness, and Autonomy Granting), and parent self-efficacy in four areas. Participants were 214 Australian high school students and their parents. There was a moderate co...
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The construct of self-concept has been well documented in Western cultures, but self-concept research is limited in Indigenous communities. This study assessed the equivalence for Australian Indigenous and non Indigenous students of six dimensions of self-concept: Family, Self-Acceptance, General School, Academic Achievement, Peer, and Career. Prim...
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Forty-three children participated in a longitudinal study of mastery motivation. Children's levels of mastery motivation (persistence) and cognitive functioning were measured at ages 2 and 8. In addition, academic achievement was measured at age 8. Task persistence was stable across time for girls only, but maternal reports of mastery motivation we...
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Early identification of children who are at risk of developing specific reading disability has long been regarded as being crucial for successful remediation (Snow, Burns and Griffin, 1998). However, such identification must lead to immediate intervention if there is to be any benefit for the child. In addition, the intervention should be directly...
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The capacity of older adults to remain physically, mentally, and socially active is partly dependent on continued participation in learning and education. Older adults, however, often are not considered as likely candidates for learning. We conducted two studies to gain a better understanding of learning among adults over 70 years of age. In the fi...
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Twenty-nine student teachers from a large metropolitan university in Queensland, Australia were interviewed at the beginning (Time 1) and end (Time 2) of a year-long graduate diploma in education to investigate the nature of their knowledge about learning and changes in such knowledge over the year. At Time 1 and Time 2 most students thought learni...
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Twenty-nine student teachers from a large metropolitan university in Queensland, Australia were interviewed at the beginning (Time 1) and end (Time 2) of a year-long graduate diploma in education to investigate the nature of their knowledge about learning and changes in such knowledge over the year. At Time 1 and Time 2 most students thought learni...
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This study examined the attitudes of 114 Nyungar Aboriginal school children toward Aboriginal English (AE) and Standard Australian English (SAE), and the attitudes they attributed to their teachers and peers. Students were generally positive about using AE at home and in the playground but negative about using SAE in those contexts. Students did no...
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Models of self-regulated behaviour, based on social cognitive theory, have been applied across a range of settings and with individuals who possess a variety of personal characteristics and needs. One of the most explored applications of self-regulation (SR) has been in the field of health where it has been used as a basis for the development of pr...
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This study investigated the relationship between adolescents' self-expressed identification with Australia and changes in measures of personal development following an outdoor education program. Social identity theory and stereotype threat theory provided a theoretical framework for the study. Three groups of high school students (high, medium, and...
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This meta-analysis examined 74 studies in which there had been an intervention that aimed to improve the behavioral, cognitive, and/or social functioning of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Overall, there were larger effects of the various interventions on behavioral than on education...
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This paper reports the results of a study of the self-concepts of students across two cultural groupings in Australia. Specifically, the study assessed the cultural equivalence for Australian Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students of six dimensions of self-concept: Family, Peer, General School, Academic Achievement, Career, and Self-Accept...
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In this paper, a core-peripheral beliefs framework is used to present a structure for conceptualising epistemological beliefs, or beliefs about the nature and acquisition of knowledge. Using this framework, the structure of the epistemological belief system is seen as comprising both core beliefs about knowing and peripheral beliefs about learning....
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This study describes the development of an instrument designed to assess student's conceptions of learning. The Conceptions of Learning Inventory (COLI) was developed from qualitative data obtained from Australian and Japanese high school students. Six conceptions of learning were identified. The COLI was used to compare the conceptions of learning...
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This paper reports on a low cost intervention program implemented into the homes of 34 preschool children at risk of reading failure. The intervention was targeted at families where there was a history of reading disability. Families were instructed in dialogic reading via videotaped examples of good practice. The intervention took place over eight...
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Nearly 500 secondary students in 24 classes were surveyed and four students in each class interviewed concerning their approaches to learning and perceptions of their classroom environment. While interviewed students with deep approaches to learning generally demonstrated a more sophisticated understanding of the learning opportunities offered to t...
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A teaching program designed to foster the reflection on and development of more sophisticated epistemological beliefs was implemented with 29 pre-service graduate teacher education students at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. As part of the year-long teaching program, students were required to reflect in journal entries...
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Self-regulated learning (SRL) refers to awareness of, and control over, one's own learning. This article examines the processes of self- regulated learners in the context of a university. It presents findings from the theoretical and research literature on SRL, and discusses the implications for pedagogical practice in universities. [Author abstrac...
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A model that hypothesised relationships between high school students' conceptions of learning, their perceptions of the classroom environment, and their approaches to learning was tested using structural equation modeling. Results suggested that important associations exist between conceptions of learning and approaches to learning. Students who re...
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This study was conducted with 222 high school students in Australia and 168 in Malaysia to determine conceptions of learning, motivational orientations and use of a range of learning strategies. Factor analysis revealed surface, deep, and learning as a duty, conceptions of learning with the only significant difference between Malaysian and Australi...
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This study examines the attitudes of 58 bilingual primary-school children towards their first and second languages, and the attitudes they attribute to parents, teachers and peers in the context of the home, the classroom and the playground. It also examines whether students' attitudes to language are moderated by whether or not they were born in A...
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There is ample documentation of the problems faced by international students. Less explored are the coping mechanisms that students use to overcome these problems, or barriers to goal attainment. In this study, we examine the goal-directed behaviour of seven Indonesian students undertaking an English for Academic Purposes program at an Australian u...
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This article reports the results of a study that compared the strategies used by three different groups of upper secondary school students to regulate their own learning processes: Australian students, Japanese students at school in Japan, and Japanese students studying in Australian schools. Although students in the three groups used a similar ran...
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The aim of this review is to identify features of study skills interventions that are likely to lead to success. Via a meta-analysis the authors examine 51 studies in which interventions aimed to enhance student learning by improving student use of either one or a combination of learning or study skills. Such interventions typically focused on task...
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This study examines differences between Australian and Japanese secondary school students' conceptions of learning and their use of self-regulated learning strategies. Australian students have a narrow, school-based view of learning. The Japanese students view learning from a much broader perspective. For them, learning is not only related to what...
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The effects of a motivation training program on the approaches to studying and the self concepts of a sample of secondary school female students was investigated. The Learning Process Questionnaire (LPQ) (Biggs, 1987) was used to assess changes in three basic approaches to learning (surface, deep and achieving). Each approach consisted of two dimen...
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MORE AND MORE OVERSEAS STUDENTS, particularly from south-east Asian countries, are being educated in Australian and New Zealand schools. Differences in schooling and cultural traditions lead to different under- standings of what learning actually is and to the strategies students use to regulate their own learning. If educators are to cater success...
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The question "What does it mean to be an Australian?" has significant implications for understanding factors contributing to social cohesion; explaining and promoting ourselves to others; imagining and shaping Australia's future; and shaping civics curriculum. The purpose of this study is to identify, and compare and contrast key components of Aust...
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The study reported here is part of an ongoing program of research into young people's perceptions of what it means to be Australian. The pilot study explored three questions: What does it mean to be Australian and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? Do Indigenous and non-Indigenous students differ in their strength of affiliation with Australia?...
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In 2000, ACER commenced the Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Surveys for Indigenous Students (ILLANS), which set out to track the development of English literacy and numeracy skills in a group of Indigenous students from school entry through the early years of schooling and beyond, to establish a data-rich picture of educational opportunities for...
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Indigenous students typically achieve at significantly lower levels than non-Indigenous students by the time they reach year 3. This article reports on the findings of a longitudinal study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research called the Longitudinal English Literacy and Numeracy Survey for Indigenous Students commenced in 20...
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This paper was completed under contract to the State of Victoria through the State Services Authority. It draws on recent Victorian, Australian, and international literature in order to provide an overview of the barriers to, and drivers of successful workforce participation for Indigenous Victorians. Some barriers and drivers are generic, and thus...
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Closing the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is one of the most pressing current educational imperatives. A multifaceted approach is needed to achieve this, given the diversity of educational disadvantage experienced by Indigenous students, and the contexts within which they obtain their education. One innovative approach to ov...
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Back in 1989, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy declared twenty-one National Goals which were agreed by the Commonwealth, state and territory education ministers of the day. One of those goals was to attain the successful completion of Year Twelve or equivalent at the same rates as for other Australian students. Si...
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Indigenous students typically achieve at significantly lower levels than non-Indigenous students by the time they reach year 3. This article reports on the findings of a longitudinal study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research called the Longitudinal English Literacy and Numeracy Survey for Indigenous Students commenced in 20...
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Currently, over 16,000 Indigenous students and 13,000 non-Indigenous students located in 260 Australian schools are involved in an Indigenous language program. More than 80 different Indigenous languages are taught. This project sought to present practice which would strengthen the quality of Indigenous language programs in schools. The report cons...

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