The contrasting responses in different newspapers to the reporting of a new literacy study in England are quite extraordinary - illustrating that the devil is not only in the detail but in the reporting of the detail! I have already collated a few different media 'headings' via another forum but I've copied it here:http://schoolsweek.co.uk/inexpensive-ph ... ign=buffer
Compare for example ....
An “inexpensive” trial policy improved all pupils’ literacy in the early years and had long-term effects on children who struggle with reading, a major new study has found.
....with the Times newspaper's headline:
“The phonics system used in all schools to teach children to read has no long-term benefits for the average child, a major study finds today. The universal benefit of the programme is called into question in a large-scale study, which tracked the progress of more than 270,000 pupils. It shows that, while phonics can help disadvantaged children or those without English as a first language, it makes no difference by age 11.”
And here is the actual study:
And here is the misleading headline and article written by Emma Plackett who skews or disregards the important issues around reading instruction and this latest study:
Is this more about self-promotion than the actual findings of the study?
Here is another report about the same study:
If Jenny Chew's suggestion is correct - that the content of the training and teaching of the study (the 'synthetic phonics' provision) does not really match up to high-quality, content-rich systematic synthetic phonics provision, then the study itself is in danger of misleading everyone with regard to the full potential of systematic synthetic phonics provision.
Synthetic phonics can improve reading skills, study claims
Using synthetic phonics to teach children how to read can have considerable long-term benefits for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who do not have English as a first language, according to a new study by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). http://www.capitaeducation.co.uk/news/s ... ims-17936#