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Gardner, Paul – Literacy, 2018
The teaching of writing has been a relatively neglected aspect of research in literacy. Cultural and socio-economic reasons for this are suggested. In addition, teachers often readily acknowledge themselves as readers, but rarely as writers. Without a solid grasp of compositional processes, teachers are perhaps prone to adopt schemes that promote…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Skills
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Alexander, Joy; Jarman, Ruth – Literacy, 2018
This article examines data gathered in a broader study of a school-based reading challenge to children aged from 8 to 14 to read science information books, centred in their school or class library. A survey was conducted before they embarked on the reading challenge to establish the children's reading habits. After the period of time allotted to…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Recreational Reading, Science Materials, Reading Habits
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Paul, Casey Medlock – Literacy, 2018
This collective case study explores the strategies history, science and math teachers use to conduct close readings in their disciplines. Through qualitative analysis of forum posts and lesson plans submitted to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed as professional development (PD), this study examines the strategies history, science and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Lesson Plans, Online Courses, Faculty Development
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Darvin, Jacqueline – Literacy, 2017
Young children today have greater access to culturally and politically sensitive information than at any other time in history. Although there are many positive aspects of children having greater access, negative consequences can also result, especially when they do not have sufficient structured and supportive opportunities to question, discuss…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Vignettes, Political Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Arrow, Alison W.; Finch, Brian T. – Literacy, 2013
Multimedia literacy practices in the homes of young children are changing rapidly, but the use of them in the early years of education is moving slowly. This research was aimed to find out what teachers of 5-year-olds, in their first 6?months of compulsory schooling, think about the children's literacy practices at home, including the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Family Environment, Parents as Teachers, Young Children
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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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Okebukola, Foluso – Literacy, 2012
Drawing on the bilingual policies and biliteracy programmes of African nations, this paper discusses the context of literacy education in Nigeria and examines Nigerian early literacy teachers' attitudes to teaching literacy and literacy teaching practices as informed by the National Policy on Education, Primary English Language Curriculum and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Stellakis, Nektarios – Literacy, 2012
This work describes a survey conducted in Syros Island in Greece. The intention was to ascertain kindergarten teachers' perceptions about early literacy and the skills and knowledge they consider as important for pre-school aged children. The participants were all the kindergarten teachers of the island (N = 19) and the data were collected during…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Surveys
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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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Concannon-Gibney, Tara; Murphy, Brian – Literacy, 2010
This article investigates issues surrounding the adoption of the "simple view" of reading. While this theory of the reading process has recently been espoused as the official view of early reading instruction in England, a recent Irish study, discussed in this article, indicated that this view of reading is also widespread among Irish…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Early Reading, Metacognition, Foreign Countries
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Damber, Ulla – Literacy, 2009
The main objective of this study was to explore how teachers and classroom factors contribute to students' successful literacy learning. Eight Grade three classes, achieving at higher levels than expected with regard to socio-economic background and language factors, were identified in a multicultural Stockholm district and statistically…
Descriptors: Overachievement, Literacy, Classroom Environment, Teacher Attitudes
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Honan, Eileen – Literacy, 2008
In many accounts of school literacy teaching and learning, there are claims that young people's familiarity with digital texts (ICTs) could provide teachers with opportunities to plan exciting and innovative activities. It would seem, however, that despite intensive research and exemplary practices over the last 20 years, the infiltration of ICTs…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Literacy, Technology Uses in Education, Reading Instruction
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Shenton, Arthur; Pagett, Linda – Literacy, 2007
In recent years, interactive white boards (IWBs) have been introduced into many primary classrooms in England. This enquiry examines the ways in which they are being used in the context of literacy teaching, in six primary classrooms in the south-west. Drawing on the perspectives of teachers and pupils, this report reflects on the impact of IWB…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Technology
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Westbrook, Jo – Literacy, 2007
This paper reports a small-scale study of wider reading at Key Stage 3 in current English classrooms in secondary schools in the south of England. Six English teachers, three of whom were relatively new to teaching, were interviewed on what they thought about wider reading. The findings indicate that because of a lack of time and absence of demand…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Literacy, English Teachers
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Fisher, Douglas; Lapp, Diane; Flood, James; Moore, Kelly – Literacy, 2006
As part of a professional development initiative helping secondary school teachers use assessment data to guide their instruction, teachers in this study changed their knowledge, skills and dispositions. Over time, they were able to identify assessments, administer these assessments, interpret the results and plan instruction. As a result, the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Professional Development, Control Groups, Secondary Schools
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