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RRF Newsletter 55 back to contents
Snippet from Australia
Australia is in the process of a national inquiry into the teaching rather like the one which has recently taken place in England. Submissions closed at the end of April. According to an article with the headline ‘Psychology dominates reading debate’, in The Australian of 2 May 2005, the Australian Psychological Society’s submission to the national inquiry stated that ‘an accumulation of evidence now unequivocally shows that systematic phonics instruction is essential for effective reading’. The Australian also refers to the findings of the Clackmannanshire study. In Australia, it seems, as well as in the UK, the role of psychologists in determining the most effective teaching methods is being increasingly recognised. The need for such recognition was stressed by Dr Morag Stuart in her evidence to the parliamentary Education and Skills Committee on 15 November 2004.




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