ERIC Number: ED473478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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Raising Attainment: Boys, Reading and the National Literacy Hour: Interim Findings from the Fact and Fiction Research Project.
The Fact and Fiction Research Project, funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and based at the School of Education, University of Southampton (England), completed a 2-year study into gender and reading in the 7-9 age group. The project, designed to address boys' underachievement in English by reviewing their development as readers at home and in school, tracked about 120 children in the 7-9 age group in four different schools. The schools chosen were in London and in Hampshire to provide broad contrasts in social catchment. Findings suggest that factors which impact on underachievement vary between boys and girls, and according to their general standing as readers. A key issue for intervention at the bottom (the "can't yet read/don't yet read" non-readers) is building basic competence; a key issue for intervention at the top (the "can do/don't" readers) is that intervening to help this group should substantially impact on levels of reading achievement across the class. The research was completed before the advent of the National Literacy Strategy, and the introduction of the National Literacy Hour presents a new context for tackling some of the issues raised. (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Research, Sex Differences
For full text: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/000001083.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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