An Analysis of Fifth Grade Reading Literacy Achievement at the Student Level in South Australian Government Schools

Rintaningrum, Ratna An Analysis of Fifth Grade Reading Literacy Achievement at the Student Level in South Australian Government Schools. The International Journal of Learning Volume 16, Number 9, 2009, ISSN 1447-9494

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Australia, as a developed country, and in particular the State of South Australia, has placed
great emphasis on the importance of literacy in the primary school level by establishing various educational
policies and undertaking various programs both for teachers and students to improve the
teaching of reading (literacy) in schools. Particularly for students who live in rural areas and students
who are identified as Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander (ATSI), several efforts such as increasing
resources, funding and strategic collaboration between educational providers and support sectors has
been undertaken in order for such students gain the same access to education as their urban counterparts.
In spite of all the efforts that have been carried out, several research studies and reports indicate
that the achievement of primary school students who live in rural areas and who are identified as
ATSI students is still less than completely satisfactory. The purpose of this study is to investigate factors
influencing student achievement in reading at Grade 5 at the student level, and to derive a theoretical
framework of student learning with respect to reading literacy in South Australian rural schools. The
data is analyzed using Partial Least Square Path (PLSPATH). The major results of the study revealed
that students from the urban areas achieve at a higher level in reading than students from rural areas,
Non-Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander (NON-ATSI) students perform higher in reading than
ATSI students, students without disability outperformed students with disability in reading, and Female
students do better in reading than male students.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Tondo Indra Nyata
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2019 08:29

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