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ERIC Number: EJ857498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Do the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Poorer?: The Effects of an Intervention Programme on Reading in the Home and School Language in a High Poverty Multilingual Context
Pretorius, Elizabeth J.; Currin, Sally
International Journal of Educational Development, v30 n1 p67-76 Jan 2010
There is little research on differential reading performance in multilingual contexts in less than ideal learning conditions. This article reports on a reading intervention project in a poor multilingual primary school in South Africa where reading levels in Northern Sotho (home language) and English (language of schooling) were initially very low amongst Grade 7 learners. The nature of the reading intervention is briefly sketched and the outcomes after three years of implementation presented. Results at the intervention school showed some Matthew effects in both languages. Differential reading performance is discussed in relation to the high poverty and multilingual context of the school. Although this is a single case longitudinal study, implications for reading interventions and classroom instruction are considered in the context of disadvantaged multilingual primary schools. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa