Each year AISNSW calls for applications for schools to undertake research over a two-year period, with support from The Evidence Institute, academic mentors and critical friends. After completing a rigorous selection process in 2021, Warakirri College was awarded a School Based Research Project for their project Enhancing Literacy Acquisition in Vulnerable Senior Secondary Students.
This research project was developed to identify, implement and evaluate strategies that will enable vulnerable senior students to improve their ability to read, comprehend and evaluate the texts required for them to complete their schooling and successfully navigate post-school life.
The research is being conducted in two distinct tiers based on the first two levels of intensity in the Response to Intervention model. In Tier 1, the research focuses on the impact of classroom level strategies for Year 10 students. Data about student engagement is being collected through teacher observations of the classroom and by students who complete a checklist. In Tier 2, the research focuses on the role of speech pathology in small group literacy interventions for targeted Year 11 students.
Pre and post tests are administered to help assess the impact of the interventions, including:
- Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) for assessing mental health
- York Assessment for Reading and Comprehension (YARC) for assessing literacy
- Macquarie Oxford Reading Anxiety Test (MoRAT) for assessing levels of reading anxiety
- Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for assessing self-esteem
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals 5th edition (CELF 5)
Data collection also includes attendance rates, student case studies and interviews with teaching staff.