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ERIC Number: ED447495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Changing Teacher Practice: A Report of Changes in the Practice of Teachers in England Following the Introduction of a National Literacy Strategy.
Fisher, Ros
This paper considers changing practice in literacy teaching from a traditionally individualized approach where great emphasis was placed on adult child interaction to a more teacher-directed program. September 1998 saw the introduction of a National Literacy Strategy in England. For the first time the national government prescribed not only what was to be taught in literacy but how it was to be taught to all children ages 5 to 11. The Strategy provides a framework of pre-specified objectives for each semester's teaching in text, sentence, and word level work which is delivered via a structured hour-long session: the literacy hour. This calls for explicit teaching throughout, and involves whole class shared reading and writing (15 minutes); whole class structured grammar and phonics work (15 minutes); 20 minutes during which one or two groups work on guided reading or writing with the teacher while the rest of the class works independently; and a 10-minute whole class plenary. Initial test results show improvement in standards of literacy. The paper draws on data from case studies of teachers in the first 2 years of implementation of the literacy strategy and considers how the structure and management of lessons have changed but some teachers' interactions with children have changed little over this time. The study was conducted with 10 predominantly rural schools; data were collected in teacher interviews, standardized test results, classroom observations, work samples, planning documents, and a follow-up study. Contains 2 tables of data and 13 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)