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ERIC Number: ED513440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
What's Hot, What's Not 2009: What Experts Say about Literacy Issues
National Literacy Trust
In December 2008, 35 professionals from research, policy, practice and the media participated in an online survey about a range of key literacy issues. This is the second time that this annual survey has been carried out in the in UK. Participants were asked to indicate whether a certain topic was "hot" (i.e. currently a topic of debate and research) or "not hot" (i.e. not currently receiving a lot of attention). In addition, they were asked to indicate whether these topics should or should not be a focus of research and debate in 2009. A similar survey has been conducted in the U.S. since 1996. While there was no "extremely hot topic" this year, phonics and assessment continue to occupy the literacy landscape in the UK by being voted the hottest topics in 2008. Seven topics were "hot" this year: reading difficulties, reading interventions, writing, speaking and listening, personalised learning, early literacy intervention and literacy in the early years. Writing, speaking and listening and reading difficulties were topics that moved into the "hot" topics this year, with all three having been "very cold" or "cold" topics last year. The coldest topics this year are reading motivation, adolescent literacy, popular culture and literacy, literacy to support health and well-being, and literacy to support participation in society. Two of these topics are remarkably colder than they were last year. Adolescent literacy and popular culture and literacy changed from a "hot" topic last year to a "very cold" this year. Reading motivation also cooled compared to last year when it was seen only as a "cold" topic. The respondents believed that all five topics should be hot in 2009. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom