Project 40 Video Essays

Project 40 was PETAA’s gift to the broader educational community in 2012, with video interviews and text essays, celebrating 40 years of PETAA supporting primary educators in English and literacies across the curriculum.

Literacy as behaviour, processing and social activity

In a three-part video and companion essay, referenced to key PETAA resources, Professor Peter Freebody reflects on PETAA's anniversary and interprets the journey of forty years. Read the companion essay

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Literature as the key to imagination, language and meaning

Dr Lorraine McDonald reflects on children’s literature and four decades of PETAA, in a three-part video interview, and in a lucid companion essay with contributions from Libby Gleeson and Maurice Saxby. Read the companion essay.

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Writing development as a necessary dimension of language and literacy education

Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education Frances Christie reflects on writing in Primary English language education over the last 40 years. Read the companion essay.

Literacy as diversity and equity

The diversity agenda in Australia coincides with the foundation of PETAA. With reference to the ‘communication ecology’ of the nation, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco reflects on diversity and equity as critical features of literacy in Australia. Read the companion essay ‘Communication ecology.’

Teaching knowledge about language

In the final instalment of the Project 40 series, Dr Beverly Derewianka, author and Professor of Language Education and Dr Sally Humphrey, author and Senior Lecturer in Literacy Education, join with PETAA President Dr Robyn Cox for a discussion of the growth and development of teaching knowledge about language in schools. Read the companion essay