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Improving Literacy in the Primary School

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Based on one of the largest studies ever undertaken of what primary schools do to improve literacy, this book reports what Professor Ted Wragg and his research team found. The evidence comes from 1,395 primary schools reporting the strategies they used and there is also

an analysis of four local authorities, with a special focus on Birmingham. Thirty-five primary teachers were observed over a full school year and several hundred individual pupils' progress in reading was also monitored closely. School policies, classroom practices, the views and

behavior of teachers, children and parents, as well as the progress of children who improved significantly, are all explored thoroughly in a book which should make a significant impact on policy and practice in primary education.

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Describes research undertaken during a two-year research project on improving literacy in primary schools in the UK. Looks closely at what actually goes on in classrooms to provide insight into how children's reading progresses. Shows how particular teachers manage the improvement of their pupil's reading levels, and follows individual pupils through a school year. The editors are all at the School of Education at the University of Exeter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172875
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Studying improvement 1
2 Research into effectiveness, improvement and literacy 16
3 The national survey 35
4 The impact of the local education authority 66
5 The organisation of literacy in schools and classrooms 87
6 Teachers' beliefs and classroom practice 111
7 Teaching reading skills 140
8 Support from parents, classroom assistants, librarians 167
9 Case studies of individual classrooms 186
10 The pupil perspective 209
11 Pupil case studies 235
12 Implications for policy and practice 258
Bibliography 277
Index 285
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