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Smith, Helen Victoria – Literacy, 2018
At a time when government funding cuts mean that public libraries face an uncertain future and need to make sure they stay relevant to young users and their families, this paper explores what counts as literacy for young children in a public library in a town in the East Midlands, UK. It is based on a study which adopted an ethnographic approach,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Public Libraries, Literacy, Ethnography
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Grundin, Hans U. – Literacy, 2018
This paper aims to present a critical analysis of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (PSC), with special focus on the relationship between the UK Department for Education's policy-making and the evidence considered in the process of developing and evaluating the PSC. The reports from the in-house Standards and Testing Agency and from commissioned…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Criticism, Screening Tests, Phonics
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Hempel-Jorgensen, Amelia; Cremin, Teresa; Harris, Diane; Chamberlain, Liz – Literacy, 2018
New research findings are presented in this paper, responding to a significant knowledge gap about the role of pedagogy in tackling persistent educational inequalities. The paper examines the potential of reading for pleasure (RfP) pedagogy to disrupt 'pedagogy of poverty' in low socio-economic (SES) schools and to enable children to reap the…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Education, Recreational Reading
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Moss, Gemma – Literacy, 2017
This paper explores the dynamic to education system reform in England, highlighting the challenges the range of policy tools in use have created for policymakers, practitioners and researchers alike. Taking literacy policy in England as a "telling case", I will argue that far from holding the answer to successful system reform,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Literacy Education
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Bearne, Eve – Literacy, 2017
In this article, I confine myself to the situation in England that offers a paradigm example of one of the fundamental tensions besetting teaching and assessing writing: the stranglehold of an individualistic view of writing development as opposed to a more socio-cultural perspective. Examining the uses of summative assessment for accountability…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Teaching Methods, Summative Evaluation
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Hall, Christine; Jones, Susan – Literacy, 2016
In this paper, we present a case study of a philanthropic literacy initiative, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a book-gifting scheme for under 5s, and consider the impact of the scheme on literacy policy in the English city where it was introduced. We bring four lenses to bear on the case study. First, we analyse the operation of the scheme in…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Case Studies
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Flynn, Naomi – Literacy, 2015
This article explores the use of Bourdieusian analysis for examining how policy and practice interact in the teaching of English and therefore in the development of children's language and literacy, in particular how. Bourdieusian analysis uncovers the ways in which teachers' practice has been influenced unconsciously by centralised shaping of the…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Educational Policy, Theory Practice Relationship, English Instruction
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Davies, Eleri – Literacy, 2015
Participatory research can be seen as providing affordances for "listening" to student voices. This study contributes to the debate around its affordances in ameliorating democratic processes in schools. Students in a northern city secondary school in England used multimodal methods to research questions based on "where do students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Participatory Research, Cooperation, Research Methodology
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Hanke, Veronica – Literacy, 2014
Guided reading is widely perceived to be tricky in English primary schools; prior research has found difficulties with teacher interpretation and implementation. The study reported here suggests that to understand the problems associated with it we should also take into account pupils' perspectives on their guided reading lessons. In this case,…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Freehand Drawing, Student Attitudes
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Williams, Jazz C. – Literacy, 2014
This article engages with recent policy on reading comprehension. It argues that the construct of inference has been treated as a single entity despite research and literature to the contrary, and this is perpetuated in the National Curriculum for 2014. It explores the limitations of conceptualising inference as a unitary construct and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Reading Comprehension, Inferences
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Jones, Susan – Literacy, 2014
This article presents data from a British Academy-funded study of the everyday literacy practices of three families living on a predominantly white working-class council housing estate on the edge of a Midlands city. The study explored, as one participant succinctly put it, "how people read and write and they don't even notice". This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Context Effect, Resilience (Psychology)
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Daniels, Karen – Literacy, 2014
This paper discusses the ways in which young children collaboratively use narrative play and the available space and materials around them in order to exert cultural agency. The collaborative creation of texts is asserted as central to this expression of agency. By presenting an illustrative vignette of a group of 5-year-old boys as they engage in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Play, Vignettes
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Westbrook, Jo – Literacy, 2013
Teachers of reading in secondary schools know how important it is for low-attaining readers to read whole narratives but time to do this in a crowded curriculum is limited and progress is more easily measured through reading smaller parts of texts. This paper reports on a longitudinal critical action research project in which three English…
Descriptors: Action Research, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary Schools
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Barden, Owen – Literacy, 2012
This article is derived from a study of the use of Facebook as an educational resource by five dyslexic students at a sixth form college in north-west England. Through a project in which teacher-researcher and student-participants co-constructed a group Facebook page about the students' scaffolded research into dyslexia, the study examined the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Action Research, Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Lambirth, Andrew; Smith, Sarah; Steele, Susanna – Literacy, 2012
Evidence suggests (Ofsted, 2007) that the role of the Subject Leader is crucial in how well poetry is taught in schools. This paper attempts to provide some insights on "what it is like" to coordinate poetry teaching in a primary school. Some of the data confirm elements of the findings from earlier research on the state of poetry in…
Descriptors: Poetry, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Leadership
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