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Professional readings

This page provides a range of professional readings designed to support literacy development.


Guidelines for integrating readymade commercial packages into teaching programmes: An evidence-based approach: These guidelines are based on research published in An evaluation of the use and integration of readymade commercial literacy packages into classroom programmes.

Lifelong Literacy: The Integration of Key Competencies and Reading: This NZCER report details research that explored how the key competencies might be integrated with the teaching of reading in the middle years of primary (years 3–6).

Learning from the Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) – Findings of the External Evaluation

Thinking About How Language Works: This resource from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) provides teachers with additional information about language that will help them to analyse student responses to Assessment Resource Bank (ARB) items.

Motivating Literacy Learners in Today's World provides insights into a broad spectrum of children's literacy learning. Motivation is the key theme and the authors show how this can be achieved through reading for pleasure; in writing activities at a number of levels; and through oral language development.

Lifelong Literacy: The integration of key competencies and reading: This report presents the findings of a research project which explored how the key competencies described in The New Zealand Curriculum might be integrated with the teaching of reading in the middle years of primary school (years 3–6). The project involved researchers supporting teachers to conceptualise key competencies more deeply and design and implement reading programmes which integrate the competencies.

Should Transliteracy Replace Language Arts? Two viewpoints are shared by Patricia Russac and Jody Lambert.  One in favour of the need to move literacy into the technology age to prepare our students for their future, and the other arguing that students must first learn to read and write effectively before they can interact transliterally.  Both make very valid points in this five minute read.

Critical literacy

Planting Seeds: Embedding critical literacy into your classroom programme, Susan Sandretto, NZCER Press: Literacy once meant reading and writing words on paper. Today’s students need to be able to understand, use and critically analyse many different text types for different purposes in diverse contexts.

Sabbatical reports

Teaching and leadership strategies proven to enhance accelerated progress for priority learners in literacy.  Paul Grundy, Lucknow School. Sabbatical report, 2015

If "Daily Five" and "Cafe" reading has the potential to support diversity, connectedness and coherence in a New Zealand integrated curriculum and improve learning outcomes for all.  Sue Allomes, Terrace End School. Sabbatical report, 2015

Ways in which the progress of children who are achieving below what is expected of children in their cohort in writing can be accelerated.  Andrew Watson, Lumsden School. Sabbatical report 2014

Published on: 19 Feb 2016