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'To be or not to be?': the politics of teaching phonics in England and New Zealand

Soler, Janet and Openshaw, Roger (2007). 'To be or not to be?': the politics of teaching phonics in England and New Zealand. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 7(3) pp. 333–352.

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There is currently intense national and international interest in which particular methods of teaching reading are the most effective for early literacy acquisition. The great bulk of research work that is cited in these debates, however, focuses almost exclusively on the evaluation and comparison of particular programmes underpinned either by phonics or whole language approaches (Soler and Openshaw, 2006). Despite the fact that policy makers and literacy educators around the world are able to draw upon a common body of literacy research, there is a huge variation in the extent to which phonics is adopted as the major programme in different national contexts. This article provides a comparative study of the widely differing reception accorded the teaching of phonics in England and New Zealand respectively.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-7984
Keywords: early literacy; instructional approaches to teaching reading; national literacy policies; phonic knowledge
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
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Item ID: 26828
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 09:56
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 03:47
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