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ERIC Number: ED403287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
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What Is Missing in the Debate on Educational Standards?
Sage, Rosemary
In considering academic success, equal emphasis should be given to oracy and literacy competencies. The view that oracy is achieved naturally while literacy requires taught methods needs to be revised, since both areas demand a framework to support their mutual development. The giving and receiving of spoken information is an area that has been largely forgotten in debates over educational standards. A research project in British schools explored the functions of communication in learning, the shift from oracy to literacy, the effectiveness of individual and interactive management in oracy and literacy education, and the attitudes of parents toward teaching that emphasizes the development of narrative processes in normal learning contexts. In a study of individual and interactive management, 15 children aged 4 to 8 years with communication difficulties and inadequate educational attainment received a linguistic intervention program designed to enhance narrative discourse (Communication Opportunity Group Scheme), and 15 matched children did not. Results after a year demonstrate superior language and academic performance for the intervention group. These results support the use of an oracy-literacy approach based on the development of narrative processes in real life situations. A planned approach to oral and literate language is required if higher educational standards are to be achieved. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)