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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Develop and Sustain Literacy Leadership
Module Code EC422
School 77
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eithne Kennedy
Semester 2: Eithne Kennedy
Autumn: Eithne Kennedy
Module TeachersEithne Kennedy
Niamh Watkins
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module builds on the previous modules of the Literacy Specialism and complements the final core literacy module on the B.Ed. It explores the concepts of literacy leadership and teachers’ roles as change agents in the system particularly for children experiencing literacy difficulties and schools catering for diverse learners and communities. National policies (e.g. National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, the DEIS plan, School Self- evaluation and the Primary Language Curriculum) are critiqued and their implications for schools and literacy considered. There will be an opportunity to engage with international literacy policy and practice with a guest lecturer from the US. A further emphasis of the module is on developing an understanding of how to create effective and realistic short, medium and long-term plans for the early, middle and senior classes of the primary school. Students will be prompted to reflect on the importance of providing opportunities for children to develop not just the cognitive skills of literacy but also the aesthetic, creative and imaginative dimensions. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively to develop communities of practice, to develop a personal philosophy of literacy teaching informed by national and international research and to identify ways to sustain their professional knowledge in the field of literacy into the future. There will be a guest lecture from a principal, which will provide opportunities for students to hear a principal’s expectations of NQTs and perspectives on schools as collaborative learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically explore conceptions of leadership, literacy leadership and agency
2. Critique current national policies in relation to literacy
3. Further develop knowledge of the Integrated Primary Language Curriculum (NCCA, 2019)
4. Create comprehensive short and long-term plans for literacy that cultivate the cognitive, aesthetic, creative and imaginative dimensions of literacy and develop progression in essential literacy skills
5. Synthesise findings from international studies on effective teachers of literacy and consider their implications for practice.
6. Articulate a personal philosophy of literacy teaching informed by relevant national and international research and further develop appreciation of their potential to act as change agents

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Course Introduction

Literacy Policy Ireland
National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Looking Back, Looking Forward (DES, 2017)

Literacy in DEIS contexts: Challenges and Opportunities

Group Presentations: DEIS strategy: teaching implication

Share Response: Kennedy & Shiel (2010)

Writing fortnightly plans for literacy using the PLC: examine an exemplar;
Assess a previous progressional plan using structure of PLC

School Self-Evaluation (DES, 2016)
Implications for planning and for school planning

In class Activity:
Effective teachers of literacy: Read and Respond;

Literacy Leadership Revisited.
What does it mean to be a literacy leader? What challenges and opportunities may arise?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Johnston, P. Champeau, K. & Hartwig, A.Stenhouse: 2020, Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives, K–3., Stenhouse,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BEDBachelor of Education

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