Literacy And Literacy
Standards of Literacy and Numeracy in Australia
Literacy and Numeracy standards can vary from place to place. Moving from one country to another has helped me to understand the differences and to be conscious of Australian standards. These standards are important in this country to both teachers and students. This is clearly demonstrated in the volume of testing that is performed, ranging from NAPLAN to the required test that a pre-service teacher must complete in order to enter the workforce (National Assessment Program 2013,) & (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2014). Throughout this reflection, I will be assessing my personal experience with literacy and numeracy in both Zimbabwe and Australia, with the integration of research and questions.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to study literacy and numeracy in Zimbabwe as well as in Australia. The move has helped me to understand the different ways that cultures, races, and classes learn the concepts of literacy and numeracy. In most Primary and Secondary schools in Zimbabwe the Cambridge system is employed (Cambridge International Examinations, 2015). In addition to this another test is conducted in grade seven, called the ‘Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council’ test or ZIMSEC (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council, 2015). The Cambridge and ZIMSEC tests are fairly similar to National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy or ‘NAPLAN’ in that they test general knowledge of…