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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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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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Simpson, Alyson – Literacy, 2017
Research reports teachers around the world currently face major challenges to their professional agency. They face numerous pressures from accountability measures operating in the highly politicised field of literacy education and standardised testing. At the same time international research encourages teachers to design rich assessment tasks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Primary Education, Educational Practices
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Loh, Chin Ee – Literacy, 2016
This article takes a comparative socio-spatial approach at the intersection of social class and reading politics to provide a fresh way of examining school reading policies and practices, unearthing previously hidden spaces of inequity for reading intervention. The juxtaposition of two nested case studies in Singapore, one of an elite all-boys'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Libraries, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gap
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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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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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Haworth, Penny – Literacy, 2011
This paper positions local literacy issues against a backdrop of increasing global ethnolinguistic diversity. National language choices are generally influenced by wider debates on the "politics of location," so decisions about language(s) associated with teaching literacy in schools tend to occur at the intersection of national and international…
Descriptors: Literacy, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Official Languages
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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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McLachlan, Claire; Arrow, Alison – Literacy, 2011
Although priding itself on high rates of literacy achievement, New Zealand's track record in the last two decades has noticeably declined. Successive New Zealand governments have invested heavily in trying to redress this decline with limited success. Demographic changes in population due to immigration provide a partial explanation, but arguably,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Literacy
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Moss, Gemma – Literacy, 2011
This paper considers how policy-led processes of education reform have reshaped the space in which to think about gender and literacy, both in England and elsewhere. In many jurisdictions, the discourse on quality in education now focuses almost exclusively on numerical outcomes, whether they derive from the school, and/or at local or national…
Descriptors: Literacy, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Gender Differences
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Owens, Deborah Duncan – Literacy, 2010
In 2006-2007 a non-profit reading institute initiated a reading reform programme in the United States in which demonstration classrooms were established in 13 of the lowest performing schools in Mississippi, a state recognised for its high rate of poverty and low academic achievement. This qualitative study describes the experiences of 12 highly…
Descriptors: Poverty, Grade 1, Elementary School Teachers, Educational Policy
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Hammett, Roberta; Bainbridge, Joyce – Literacy, 2009
This paper draws on early data from a cross-Canada research project in which researchers at six Faculties of Education have been engaged in introducing picture books with multiple and diverse representations of Canadians to classes of pre-service teachers, inviting them to explore the pedagogical possibilities of the picture books and to discuss…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Focus Groups, Ideology, Cultural Pluralism
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Walsh, Maureen – Literacy, 2008
Debates continue in public and in educational policy forums about the "basics" of literacy while many have not recognised that these basics may never be the same again. Rapid changes in digital communication provide facilities for reading and writing to be combined with various and often quite complex aspects of music, photography and film. At the…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Literacy, Educational Policy, Multimedia Materials
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Rosowsky, Andrey – Literacy, 2006
The 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary English method course at the University of Sheffield's School of Education has, since 2001, asked its students to write an essay of around 4000 words on their initial understanding and experience of the National Strategies promoted by the United Kingdom's Department for Education and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Policy
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