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Heydon, Liz; Reilly, Jill – Literacy, 2007
Practice in working with parents is changing and communicating with parents is increasingly a part of teachers' responsibilities. Besides focusing on supporting their children's learning, many schools now involve parents in education for themselves. Yet despite the expectation that they will work to engage parents in their children's learning, in…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Family Programs
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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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Reedy, David; Lister, Bob – Literacy, 2007
This paper describes the impact of an oral retelling of Homer's "Iliad" on pupils' learning in Key Stage 2 classrooms (children aged 9-11) in schools in East London. We argue that the oral nature of the retelling and responses promoted high levels of engagement and inclusion, leading to enhanced understanding by the pupils. The use of a…
Descriptors: Poetry, Literacy, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Pitcher, Brandy; Fang, Zhihui – Literacy, 2007
Over the past decade in the United States, levelled texts, or "little books" with finely graduated levelling of text difficulty, have regained their status as a literacy staple for beginning readers. Despite their resurgence, questions remain regarding the reliability and quality of these books. In this study, we conducted a detailed…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Reading Materials, Beginning Reading, Reader Text Relationship
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Medwell, Jane; Wray, David – Literacy, 2007
Handwriting has a low status and profile in literacy education in England and in recent years has attracted little attention from teachers, policy-makers or researchers into mainstream educational processes. This article identifies a substantial programme of research into handwriting, including studies located in the domains of special needs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Intervention
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Martin, Sheena – Literacy, 2007
This article presents work undertaken with a class of Scottish Primary Six children (aged 10) to investigate the use of interactive whiteboard technology and interactive talking books in whole-class writing lessons. The paper reports on a research project with three aims: to investigate how the use of an interactive whiteboard to reflect on the…
Descriptors: Languages, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology
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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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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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Dix, Stephanie – Literacy, 2006
The article presents findings from a research project that investigated young, fluent writers' revision practices. The project adopted a qualitative approach, using semi-structured interviews based on the students' written scripts. This article focuses on a small sample of children and profiles the extent of their ability to reflect on their…
Descriptors: Revision (Written Composition), Interviews, Children, Writing Ability
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Nixon, Helen; Comber, Barbara – Literacy, 2006
This paper argues that teachers' recognition of children's cultural practices is an important positive step in helping socio-economically disadvantaged children engage with school literacies. Based on 21 longitudinal case studies of children's literacy development over a 3-year period, the authors demonstrate that when children's knowledges and…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies
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Dowdall, Clare – Literacy, 2006
This article considers the potential for dissonance that one 12-year-old child (Clare) may experience as a text producer using new technologies, when working across a range of contexts. In this ongoing case study, two types of text are explored: a computer-generated text produced as a homework task for school, and texts produced using an…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Writing (Composition), Comparative Analysis, Language Processing
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Chanock, Kate – Literacy, 2006
This paper recounts the process by which a severely reading-disabled adult student taught himself to read and write Ancient Greek, and in so doing, improved his ability to read and write in English. Initially, Keith's reading and writing were slow, difficult and inaccurate, accompanied by visual disturbance. However, motivated by a strong interest…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Greek, Reading Difficulties, Adult Students
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Lambirth, Andrew; Goouch, Kathy – Literacy, 2006
This paper examines the history, rationale, uses and abuses of writing journals in primary classrooms. We argue that writing journals form part of a pedagogy derived from an understanding of how children can be motivated to express themselves, independently of teachers. Moreover, they demonstrate the power of welcoming children's home cultures…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Student Journals, Elementary Education, Instructional Development
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Pagett, Linda – Literacy, 2006
Although it contains a statutory inclusion statement, England's National Curriculum "hardly acknowledges the learning practices of different minority groups" ( Gregory and Williams, 2003, p. 103). Through observation and interview, this study examines the repertoire of languages that six children for whom English is an additional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Language Usage, School Culture
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Ross, Kathryn – Literacy, 2006
Both Kerala and Finland have made notable achievements in the realm of literacy: Kerala has one of the highest rates in the developing world and Finland ranks first in literacy among developed countries. Both also share a cultural history of granting women a high status in their respective societies. Using Kerala and Finland as examples, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Developed Nations, Developing Nations
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