Aus: Jennifer Buckingham's 'Putting the Record Straight' responds to the claims of Robyn Ewing

News articles, interviews, research, events and lots more - ready for your comments.
User avatar
Debbie_Hepplewhite
Posts: 2118
Joined: Sat May 23, 2015 4:42 pm

Aus: Jennifer Buckingham's 'Putting the Record Straight' responds to the claims of Robyn Ewing

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:49 pm

Dr Jennifer Buckingham continues with her invaluable work to inform others based on international research findings. Whilst based in Australia, Jennifer's work is relevant world-wide as so many people continue to undermine the need for, and promotion of, systematic synthetic phonics provision as part of research-informed reading instruction.

See Jennifer's meticulous work which addresses the claims of Professor Robyn Ewing:

'Putting the record straight about research on reading

80 corrections, clarifications and comments on Ewing, R. (2018)

“Exploding SOME of the myths about learning to read: A review of research on the role of phonics”. Sydney: NSW Teachers Federation


https://www.fivefromfive.org.au/wp-cont ... raight.pdf

Teachers get a large amount of information about phonics instruction in general, and systematic synthetic phonics in particular, from a variety of sources. Among all that is written and said about reading instruction, teachers should be able to expect that academics in universities and their elected representa- tives in unions will provide them with information that is factually correct and evidence-based.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. An example is the paper written by Robyn Ewing during her time as Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, and published by the NSW Teachers Federation. Titled ‘Exploding SOME of the myths about learning to read: A review of research on the role of phonics’, the paper perpetuates a number of misunderstandings and myths. It contains 80 instances of errors, misrepresentations, and incomplete explana- tions.


Engaging in ad hominem criticisms rather than honestly and accurately discussing facts and evidence, and the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, prevents progress toward acceptance and consensus. In what follows, there is no attempt to impugn the motives of the author or the publishers. Rather it is to demonstrate in a detailed and objective way, the flaws in their arguments and the inaccurate presentation of research to support their case.
This is not a matter of squabbling over insignificant detail. It is of vital importance that teachers receive accurate information. The table below identifies, corrects and clarifies many statements and claims made in Ewing’s report.

Return to “Around the World: News and Events”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests