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ERIC Number: ED473953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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Roots and Research. Key Stage 3 English. Key Stage 3: National Strategy.
Harrison, Colin
In 1998, Roger Beard of the University of Leeds wrote an account of the research underpinning the emerging National Literacy Strategy (NLS). Since Beard published his review, there have been developments both in terms of age groups covered and within the field of literacy research. This document attempts a fresh review of the relationship between the literacy practices advocated and what is known from research. Notably, it develops the argument that the teaching approaches advocated by both the primary and secondary Strategies are strongly supported by the findings from research, and that in the areas where this is not so, this is because the research finding are inconclusive or the research has not been done. After an executive summary, sections of the document are: (1) Rationale--the Need for This Review; (2) The Challenge of Meeting the Demand for Evidence-based Policy; (3) Staff Development--Has the Strategy Got it Right?; (4) The Teaching Sequence: Has the Strategy Got It Right?; (5) Reading--Does Research Support the Strategy?; (6) Writing and Spelling--Has the Strategy Got It Right?; (7) Speaking and Listening--Does Research Support the Strategy?; (8) Helping Pupils Who Have Fallen Behind--Does Research Support the Strategy?; and (9) Coda. In this document, sources which are suggested as follow-ups are cited in boxes. (Contains 69 references.) (PM)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Skills, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)