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Alexander, Joy; Jarman, Ruth – Literacy, 2015
The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize is awarded annually in the United Kingdom for the best science information book, and the winning book is chosen by panels of young people. This article discusses the findings of a study of the responses to the books and to their judging experience of young people who participated on panels in the 2011…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Adolescents, Nonfiction
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Erricker, Katherine – Literacy, 2014
This article explores and compares the impact of studying a challenging literary text at GCSE on pupils with and without learning difficulties. It is based on the findings of a qualitative classroom-based research project that analysed taped pupil conversations to measure the resilience of the response of secondary school students to reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk, Resilience (Psychology), Comparative Analysis
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Myhill, Debra; Jones, Susan; Watson, Annabel; Lines, Helen – Literacy, 2013
The place of grammar within the teaching of writing has long been contested and successive research studies have indicated no correlation between grammar teaching and writing attainment. However, a recent study has shown a significant positive impact on writing outcomes when the grammar input is intrinsically linked to the demands of the writing…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Grammar, Literacy Education, English Instruction
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Rosowsky, Andrey – Literacy, 2013
Thousands of UK school children spend considerable time during a lengthy period of their youth learning to read, or decode, a 'religious classical', the liturgical language connected to their faith. Drawing on recent theories of reading, identity and literacy practices, this paper briefly describes and seeks to share tentative thoughts about some…
Descriptors: Phonics, Religious Education, Foreign Countries, Self Concept
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Maybin, Janet – Literacy, 2013
After briefly reviewing how reading is conceptualised in the "Progress in International Reading Literacy Study" and the English National Curriculum, this article examines two unofficial reading activities in a class of 10-11-year-olds' to see how far these activities match up with the official definitions of reading, or whether they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Reading Instruction, Learning Activities
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Berger, Richard; McDougall, Julian – Literacy, 2013
This article presents the outcomes of research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in England and informed by work in the fields of new literacy research, gaming studies and the socio-cultural framing of education, for which the videogame "L. A. Noire" was studied within the orthodox framing of the English literature…
Descriptors: Video Games, English Literature, Secondary School Students, Undergraduate Students
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Graham, Lynda – Literacy, 2012
In this paper, I describe ongoing research exploring ways in which young teachers' digital lives unfold inside and outside classrooms. I first interviewed teachers in 2006, and identified three different routes into digital worlds: serious solitary self-taught, serious solitary school-taught and playful social. A number of teachers agreed to be…
Descriptors: Literacy, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Literacy Education
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Mills, Colin – Literacy, 2011
This article is linked to the theme of the special issue through its focus on micropolitical analysis of the changing role of "policy drivers", mediating national policy through interactions with primary school heads and teachers. The central arguments draw on case studies undertaken in two primary schools where changes related to…
Descriptors: Literacy, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Case Studies
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Harrett, Jacqueline; Benjamin, Theresa – Literacy, 2009
This article reports on a UKLA-funded project in which a group of 10 teachers in South Wales were involved. The televised science fiction drama "Doctor Who" was chosen as the theme as it was based on popular culture as well as being of local and national interest. The main character in this television drama is an alien who can fly…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Foreign Countries, Science Fiction, Focus Groups
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Ellis, Sue; Lawrence, Becky – Literacy, 2009
This paper describes the development and use of the Creative Learning Assessment (CLA) as a means of evidencing, supporting and promoting children's creative learning in arts-based contexts. The research team at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) worked with a group of teachers in inner-city Lambeth primary schools to develop an…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Educational Assessment, Program Effectiveness
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Fisher, Annie – Literacy, 2008
With the introduction of the National Literacy Strategy, England's primary school teachers were asked to replace "listening to children read"--a practice deeply embedded in UK pedagogy--with guided reading, a practice focused on interpretive and critical comprehension rather than accuracy and fluency. This small-scale research project…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Literacy
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Rimmer, Wayne – Literacy, 2008
Effective writing is to some degree characterised by the ability to use complex grammatical structures. However, grammatical complexity is poorly defined in linguistics and related disciplines such as literacy. This empirical study examined the notion of grammatical complexity and its relevance to literacy. Complexity is multifaceted, so for…
Descriptors: Nouns, Grammar, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Lever-Chain, Judy – Literacy, 2008
This paper reports the first part of a 2-year longitudinal study, which examined the impact of age of entry to school on the reading development of 60 summer-born boys during Key Stage One. The sample was drawn from 18 schools in six Local Education Authorities operating different admissions policies. Thirty-one had attended nursery part-time,…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, School Districts, Males, Emergent Literacy
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Watts, Rowena – Literacy, 2007
This paper explores one way that teachers can develop creativity within potentially limiting confines and pressures of curriculum guidelines. The researcher considers the inclusion of film as a creative, engaging and effective strategy for teaching reading using data from a small-scale research project. Hypotheses are based on analysis of…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Nonprint Media, Guidelines, Teaching Styles
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Wyse, Dominic; Styles, Morag – Literacy, 2007
The Rose Report, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education for England, recommended in March 2006 that early reading instruction must include synthetic phonics. This paper evaluates the extent to which research evidence supports this recommendation. In particular, a review of international research into the teaching of early reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Reading, Phonics, National Curriculum
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