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"Underlying this report by the Committee for the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy is the conviction that effective literacy teaching, and of reading in particular, should be grounded in fi ndings from rigorous evidence-based research ... " TICK
"One million Australian children are at risk of reading failure, with serious negative consequences for their quality of life and for Australian society. This figure — based on the results of national and international literacy tests — is five times higher than the number of children reading scientists estimate to have serious learning difficulties ... " TICK
"Parents, educators, reading researchers, and policy makers all agree that children must learn to read to participate fully in a modern society. ... There have been many debates about how children should learn to read ... What can psychological science tell us about the issues? ... " TICK
" ... The concept of The Ladder of Reading emerged during Young’s lectures with teachers and parents who believed the myth that Structured Literacy was only beneficial and necessary for struggling readers. To counter that misunderstanding, she created an infographic featuring the categories and percentages that illustrated the ratio of individuals who require an explicit, sequential, systematic, phonics-based approach to learning to read, compared to the small proportion of individuals who learn to read effortlessly. With a few well-chosen words, the Ladder conveys the point, frequently unknown, that a Structured Literacy approach to beginning reading is advantageous for most students ... "
"In 1986, Whole Language, a philosophy for teaching reading that rejected systematic phonics, was approaching peak popularity. The two founders of Whole Language, Ken Goodman and Frank Smith, had little patience for decoding, that is, for matching a sound with each letter (or letter group) in a word and then blending those sounds together, left to right, in order to produce a full pronunciation (also known as "sounding out" a word.) Goodman believed that “Matching letters with sounds is a flat-earth view of the world, since it rejects modern science about reading and writing and how they develop.” ... " TICK
"For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it ... "
"There is intense public interest in questions surrounding how children learn to read and how they can best be taught. Research in psychological science has provided answers to many of these questions but, somewhat surprisingly, this research has been slow to make inroads into educational policy and practice. Instead, the field has been plagued by decades of “reading wars." ... "
This collection of edited speeches is from a CIS policy forum held on 14 November 2013 to discuss the article ‘Why Jaydon Can’t Read: Te Triumph of Ideology over Evidence in Teaching Reading’ published in the Spring 2013 issue of Policy. TICK
"A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks to the way it developed ... "
"Humankind’s most precious treasure is our children, and our future depends on them. We recognize literacy as a fundamental human right that empowers individuals in a society. We also know that grim life outcomes are connected to illiteracy. We are resolved to prevent the collateral damage that is incurred by our students, especially the most vulnerable among them, when adults have limited access to the convergent scientific evidence. Research has identified assessment and instructional practices with which every teacher and leader should be equipped. We believe that providing educators with this knowledge is a moral imperative. We are committed to evidence-aligned reading instruction being scaled with a sense of urgency in a comprehensive and systematic way by multiple stakeholders. We know that our children can be taught to read properly the first time. In a knowledge economy, the currency of the 21st century will be built on the foundation of skilled reading. Students who can read well have a place at the table of opportunity whether their aspirations lead them to preparation for college or the workforce. We believe in a future where a collective focus on applying the science of reading through teacher and leader preparation, classroom application, and community engagement will elevate and transform every community, every nation, through the power of literacy ... "
Why aren't our kids being taught to read?
The Science of Reading: Overview
Rethinking Guided Reading - Sharing Best Practice
Rethinking Guided Reading - Sharing Best Practice
The Science of Reading is an approach to the teaching of reading which adopts practices that are grounded in evidence. These strategies work. This video introduces this approach to the teaching of reading. The presenters analyse the guided reading approach, suggest how to bring in more evidence-based practice and discuss what this looks like in the classroom. Topics covered include phonics, fluency, how we should be teaching comprehension, what students need to be able to infer from text, and how reading in class should always involve writing.
Links to useful information and further reading is also provided in the left-hand column..
"With over 150 published papers, Linnea Ehri has been one of the most influential and cited reading scientists in the past 40 years. One of 14 members of the U.S. National Reading Panel (1997-2000), she served as Chair of both the Phonemic Awareness and the Phonics subgroups of the Panel ... "