A Research Study On Application Of Permission From A Single 1.5 Hour Interview, With A Grade 1-2

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Permission from the parent was gained before the interview was conducted (Appendix 1). All privacy will be retained and therefore for the purpose of this learning profile, the child will be referred to as Child A.

This Early Literacy Profile will detail information gathered from a single 1.5-hour interview, with a Grade 1-2 child. Key areas that will be discussed are both writing and reading interests and behaviours. These will be discussed in relation to Funds of Knowledge, which encompasses the concept of the virtual schoolbag.

The student is female and approximately 7 years of age. She is currently completing Grade 2. The school she attends is a public co-ed Government school that is local in the southeastern suburbs.
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Throughout the interview, the findings emphasise and highlight what Child A is interested in. The majority of her answers for the continuing interview include a connection or reference to her love of the topics discovered within this section. Throughout these questions, one was able to find out what the child’s abilities may be. Her mum discusses the use of technology and writing stories. This indicates that the child is capable of both technological skills and writing skills. All of these findings are aspects of Child A’s virtual schoolbag. This includes ‘things they have already learnt’ (Department of Education Training and Employment 2003) such as the ability use technology. Furthermore, the interests and her background that have the ability to influence what she wants to learn and whether she finds it relevant to her own experiences.

Reading Abilities
The importance of knowing the child’s reading interests is emphasised within Hill’s textbook (2012 p.429). As a teacher, one must know and acknowledge the student 's interests. This helps in being able to plan topics and ensure that the activities and content are engaging. Integrated learning such as this enables the children to understand and draw upon their own experiences. The reading survey (Appendix 4), assisted in getting to know what Child A was interested in. Throughout the interview, it was found that she enjoys exciting stories with a focus on fictitious characters and plots (Appendix

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