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St Clair, Ralf – Literacy, 2005
In 2003 the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) of Canada, at that time a branch of the Department of Human Resources and Development Canada, decided to review its research function. This article discusses some of the questions the review raised for the field. Many of these issues are to do with the management of knowledge--what research gets…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Adult Literacy, Educational Research
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Wearmouth, Janice – Literacy, 2004
Recently the DfES has issued guidance on ways to address the needs of students who experience difficulties in literacy through Wave Three provision in the National Literacy Strategy (DfES, 2002). This guidance raises the issue of what kind of programmes might be initiated in mainstream schools that will improve what is available generally for…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Failure, Reading Processes, Positive Reinforcement
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Smith, Susannah – Literacy, 2004
The reading experiences of six young successful boy readers were studied over a two-year period. In this article, their non-fiction reading is analysed and ways in which the boys make positive connections between masculinity and reading are identified. The boys' non-fiction reading centres on typical boy interest areas and hobbies (for example,…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Males, Masculinity, Foreign Countries
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McDonald, Lorraine – Literacy, 2004
This article presents aspects of a research study into how a group of ten- and eleven-year-old students (in 5th Grade in Sydney, Australia) were apprenticed to view a literary text from critical reading positions. These ways of reading were an alternative to their more typical reader response interpretations of texts. The article contrasts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Classroom Communication, Reader Response
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Pritchard, Alan; Cartwright, Victoria – Literacy, 2004
This article explores an issue of great current concern: how do we help primary aged children to engage with, and to benefit from, information from the Internet? The notion of "engagement" is considered in the context of constructivist learning theory. A short case study based on a small-scale research project in a primary school classroom in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary School Students
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Pearson, Caroline – Literacy, 2004
This article describes work undertaken with a class of Scottish Primary Six children (aged 10) that encouraged them to write humorous stories. It reflects on the impact of different teaching approaches, in particular exploring how teacher-led input combined with opportunities for peer talk might serve to influence children's writing. The aims were…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Childrens Writing, Writing Improvement, Grade 6
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Jones, Susan – Literacy, 2004
How far do bilingual readers identify with the "implied readers" of the texts they read? This article explores this question through a quantitative analysis of the reading habits of a sample of 100 English secondary-school students, mainly from southern Asian backgrounds. Particular focus is given to the way a bilingual reader may or may not be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Reading Habits, Bilingualism
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Brewster, Stephanie – Literacy, 2004
This article considers the role of literacy in the lives of four people with physical disabilities. Interviews with them reveal that despite experiencing potential barriers to participating in literacy activities, literacy is nevertheless an important dimension to their identities. Limitations of the traditional models of disability and literacy…
Descriptors: Literacy, Physical Disabilities, Interviews, Models
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Bousted, Mary; Ozturk, Alayne – Literacy, 2004
This article reports on a term's work with students in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in which the adult classic text Silas Marner was studied in both written and film form (Eliot, 1994; BBCFo, 1985). Through an extended consideration of the structures employed by different forms of narrative, students were invited to consider the knowledge and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Experience, Visual Literacy, Literacy
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Fang, Zhihui; Fu, Danling; Lamme, Linda Leonard – Literacy, 2004
The article describes a longitudinal professional development project in rural Florida (USA) schools that supports the efforts of inservice teachers to make pedagogical transitions from total reliance on prepackaged commercial programmes to making informed decisions about curriculum and pedagogy autonomously. It demonstrates that in order to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Empowerment, Professional Development, Rural Areas
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Ruttle, Kate – Literacy, 2004
This article explores the idea that in order to improve the way we teach children to write, we need to improve our understanding of children as writers. Although developing their metacognitive skills can give us a clearer window into children's understanding, we must be wary of assuming that they ascribe the same meaning to their metacognitive…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Males, Childrens Writing, Metacognition
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Frater, Graham – Literacy, 2004
In this paper Graham Frater finds early signs of a revival of explicit instruction in English grammar to pupils of compulsory school age in England; this is accompanied by an expectation that such teaching might play an important part in closing the "writing gap." He suggests that, strengthened by the National Literacy Strategy, this early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grammar, Literacy, National Curriculum
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Brill, Frances – Literacy, 2004
It is sometimes assumed that the strongest opportunities for developing imagination and empathy through children's writing lie in narrative starting points, whereas other less obviously literary writing forms are more readily associated with functional literacy. Consequently, writing regarded as non-literary is rarely analysed with these qualities…
Descriptors: Imagination, Empathy, Childrens Writing, Play
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Johnson, Martin – Literacy, 2004
This study follows from a previous study into children's attitudes to writing test stimulus features. In that study the views of 192 English eleven-year-olds were surveyed using a questionnaire. The survey found that the children were mainly influenced by features that they felt contributed to task difficulty. A qualitative study was designed in…
Descriptors: Stimuli, Writing Tests, Student Attitudes, Cognitive Processes
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Gregory, Eve – Literacy, 2004
The promise to raise literacy standards significantly at age 11 in economically disadvantaged areas has been an important part of the present British Government's educational policy. Integral to this promise has been the introduction of official homeschool contracts or agreements, which oblige parents to engage in specific literacy activities with…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Siblings, Play, Family Literacy
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