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by chew8
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Good news for phonics
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Good news for phonics

Nick Gibb remains in post:

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/nick-gibb-rem ... reshuffle/

Jenny C.
by chew8
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Blog-post by Debra Kidd
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Blog-post by Debra Kidd

An RRFer recently drew my attention to this: https://debrakidd.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/and-now-good-news-for-reading/ In its original form, it contained inaccurate statements about the Clackmannanshire 7-year longitudinal study, but corrections were made after I posted comments pointing this out. T...
by chew8
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I’ve now noticed something else in Dombey’s chapter in the ‘Reading the Evidence’ book: she misrepresents an article by Cunningham and Stanovich (American Educator, Spring/Summer 1998) by citing it as support for her statement that ‘Children who do not feel interested or involved, who respond in a p...
by chew8
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

As I've said, what I've written her about this book doesn't really amount to a review. I've been googling to see if I can find reviews, but have had little success. I found this, however, in connection with a book launch organised by the Australian Literacy Educators; Association (ALEA): 'ALEA Perth...
by chew8
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics in Cameroon
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Phonics in Cameroon

I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I'm sure it's appropriate to say 'Take a bow, Sue Lloyd'!

Jenny C.
by chew8
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I hope many people will read the book themselves and not just take my word for what it says.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thanks, Debbie. What I've written doesn't really amount to a 'review' - all I've done is to pick out some points which strike me as particularly crucial for us at the present time.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Re. people seeing only what they want to see: one of the things that has always irritated me about those who favour mixed methods or a whole language type of approach is that they predict that an early synthetic phonics approach will have a negative impact on children’s comprehension, enjoyment of r...
by chew8
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I’ve now read the whole of the Clark book: ‘Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning’. I’d be interested in any comments from others who have read it. See also the thread headed ‘Recent blog-post by Greg Brooks’. Nick Gibb is repeatedly criticised in the book for his enthusiasm ...
by chew8
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

The Clark book arrived today - I had already read what was available on line, but have so far read only the Brooks chapter and one other (Gardner) in the hard copy. I'll focus here on the Brooks chapter, in keeping with the title of this thread. 1. He writes that the 2006 Torgerson, Brooks and Hall ...
by chew8
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading standards in England are best in a generation
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Reading standards in England are best in a generation

You beat me to it, Jim!

These results should give pause for thought to the critics who have been saying that harm rather than good has been done by more emphasis on phonics and by the Phonics Screening Check in particular.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

Thanks, John. The Brooks blog-post seems to be a potted version of a chapter by him in a new book edited by Margaret Clark (of 'Young Fluent Readers' fame). I've now ordered the book, so should soon be able to see what he and all the other contributors say.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

This blog post by Prof. Greg Brooks has appeared on the website of the Australian Association for Research in Education: http://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=2577 Below are some extracts with my comments in bold: So who needs to be taught phonics and when? Some children are enabled to bridge that gulf by ...
by chew8
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New report from Ofsted
Replies: 1
Views: 67

New report from Ofsted

by chew8
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

It's excellent that Anne got such full coverage. Just a couple of small quibbles about the way certain things are stated by the writer of the article: 'All alphabetic languages are built of phonemes – the smallest units of sound in speech .....' It's not just alphabetic languages but ALL languages, ...