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by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Research and Recommended Reading
Topic: Reading Recovery and its failure in New Zealand
Replies: 1
Views: 2663

Reading Recovery and its failure in New Zealand

Yet another very important article in the excellent LDA bulletin: https://www.ldaustralia.org/BULLETIN_NOV13-RR.pdf Reading Recovery and the failure of the New Zealand national literacy strategy In this LDA bulletin article, we summarise arguments and evidence reported in the detailed paper (Tunmer,...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?
Replies: 22
Views: 20700

Re: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?

I've just been asked, very sensibly I must add, whether Reading Recovery is the 'same' Reading Recovery as Martin Kozloff reviews in his detailed piece. The point here is, we do not know, because trying to discover/verify any 'changes' that RR personnel claim have been made is like trying to get blo...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nick Gibb, champion of Systematic Synthetic Phonics in England
Replies: 32
Views: 22972

Nick Gibb, champion of Systematic Synthetic Phonics in England

There have been a number of political 'champions' for introducing and promoting the need for Systematic Synthetic Phonics in England - and Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform certainly stands out in this regard. Although this latest speech of Nick Gibb is not specifically about literacy, ...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Around the World: News and Events
Topic: New York City is lost. Totally.
Replies: 0
Views: 1851

New York City is lost. Totally.

A distraught teacher describes her experiences of a totally unacceptable state of affairs - so how much does this description match a lot, if not most, of the state of affairs in schools in New York City - and beyond? Teachers not trained, children taught in methods that will damage their reading re...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Around the World: News and Events
Topic: Surging demand for English language learning
Replies: 1
Views: 2402

Re: Surging demand for English language learning

Of course the British Council plays a very big role in provision for teaching English as an additional language - and through BC channels, I discovered some years ago their ' British Council - Phonemic Chart - Teaching English '. Now, anyone who knows me or who is aware of my work, will know that I'...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Around the World: News and Events
Topic: Surging demand for English language learning
Replies: 1
Views: 2402

Surging demand for English language learning

I wasn't quite sure which 'forum' to post this article, but as it is referring to a global issue of the demand for English language learning, I decided on this 'Around the world' forum: There are far more people learning English as an additional language than English-speakers learning English - so h...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?
Replies: 22
Views: 20700

Re: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?

Maggie Downie writes about the promotion and funding of Reading Recovery in England at the same time as the independent national 'Rose Review' was taking place. This was 2005 - 2006. Teachers were clearly getting very mixed messages indeed as to 'what' approach to take for reading instruction - bear...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?
Replies: 22
Views: 20700

Re: 2014 Reading Recovery study- can we believe the results?

Martin Kozloff wrote this summary of the folly of Reading Recovery 11 years ago. What is so very telling is that Reading Recovery is still going strong - internationally - to this day. It seems that there is nothing to stop the juggernaut - no amount of scientific findings and overt challenge to the...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: Education Blogs & Websites of Interest
Topic: Children of the Code
Replies: 6
Views: 8743

Children of the Code

Here you can access a collection of 'interviews' and video snippets from many of the world's experts in the field of reading: The Children of the Code Project is a ‘case in point’ for how poorly our society understands learning and the personal and societal costs of unhealthy learning. Consisting of...
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Questions about 'Guided Reading'
Replies: 1
Views: 2629

Questions about 'Guided Reading'

Questions often arise as to the efficacy and advisability of 'Guided Reading' and so I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread on this topic. I'm launching with an excellent post by Gordon Askew via his 'ssphonix' blog: http://ssphonix.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/throw-out-throwbacks-please_7.h...

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