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Are digikids less literate? Four Corners wrap-up

Is Australian children’s literacy in crisis? Among teachers, academics and politicians, the consensus is largely ‘yes’ – or we’re wobbling precariously on the edge. While primary years performance tends to be strong, something happens in the transition to high school; ...

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The importance of early reading instruction

Professor Pamela Snow is head of the La Trobe Rural Health School and will soon become Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Education at La Trobe. In this podcast, Snow talks about how blended reading approaches, which are ...

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Debate ramps up over phonics instruction

A dispute between experts has emerged on whether Australian schools should adopt the same Year 1 phonics check currently being conducted in the UK. Phonics refers to the relationship between sounds people hear in spoken language and words seen in ...

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Keep phonics test focused on phonics: expert

While the federal government has endorsed a phonics check for Year 1 students, one researcher has warned that the check should not overextend its reach. Dr Jennifer Buckingham, an education researcher from the Centre of Independent Studies, recently completed a report ...

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Fight back for phonics

Ditching the teaching method may cost NSW schools accreditation. Universities in NSW must teach phonics to student teachers or risk losing accreditation, the state’s education minister has ordered. “Phonics is a key skill in the teaching of reading,” NSW education ...

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