Five more readings on the subject of reading lessons

Education research: five additional literature on reading teaching teaching

“All teachers must have an understanding of evidence-based reading instructions…” © PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek / Shutterstock

Welcome to this month’s edition of Educational Research: Five More Reads. In this series we take a look at some further reading on a specific topic, including open access research papers from various online databases, and Teacher Archive content you may not have come across yet.

Learning to read is a complex task for children, and there are many evidence-based approaches to teaching children to read. So how do children learn to read? How can teachers be most successful in teaching reading? In this issue of five more readings, we present five resources that try to answer these questions.

  1. Effective reading lessons in the first years of school. This Center for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) literature review summarizes how five key components of effective reading practices (phonemic awareness, phonetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) should be taught in the classroom and why each component is important. “All of these elements are essential to the early stages of literacy learning. To be most successful, these skills must be taught explicitly, sequentially and systematically, ”the authors write. “All teachers must have an understanding of evidence-based reading teaching and be able to apply it in the classroom.”
  2. ‘The Way of Words’: Understanding and teaching reading in elementary school classes. How is reading to be defined? How do children learn to read? Professor Robyn Ewing from the University of Sydney addresses these questions in this article Professional learning magazine. Claiming that an approach is right for every child is not helpful, she writes, indicating that the complexities of reading and the challenges some children face in learning to read need to be understood.
  3. End of the reading wars: reading acquisition from beginner to expert. In this post, Professor Anne Castles and co-authors examine the gap between the state of research on learning to read and the state of public understanding. “We call for an end to the reading wars and recommend a balanced and development-oriented teaching and research agenda for reading acquisition based on a deep understanding of how language and writing systems work,” they write.
  4. Improving literacy in high school. This guide from Evidence for Learning now focuses on older students and is aimed at teachers in upper elementary school levels and provides recommendations for effective literacy teaching. “This guide is primarily intended for subject managers, school principals and other employees who are responsible for improving literacy teaching. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to literacy recommendations, but rather provides eight “leverage points” where there is useful evidence of literacy education that schools can use to significantly improve student learning, “the report said.
  5. Instructions for reading instruction sheets. The AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) has developed this comprehensive evidence guide for teaching reading. “It is important to look at reading teaching both from a broader perspective that integrates all strands and by focusing on specific strands that provide deeper insights into every aspect of the reading teaching,” the guide says. “The literature evidence map is provided to illustrate some of the different types of evidence that can be used to inform early reading teaching.”

You can find some of the resources featured in this article in the Cunningham Library Catalog and EdResearch Online. Use the links below to search these two online databases for additional resources related to teaching reading.

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