Why school children can't read
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Dr Bonnie Macmillan

Dr Bonnie Macmillan describes the findings of experimental research from the late 1990s on beginning reading instruction. The research points to the need for the direct teaching of certain key skills in order to produce maximum reading success.

An examination of how children were taught to read in England's primary schools revealed a large discrepancy between the methods used at that time and those interventions which research demonstrated were the most effective. This revealed a gap between reading research and teaching practice reflected in the rising number of schoolchildren who were failing to learn to read. Dr Macmillan blames this on teacher training, local authorities, national teacher organisations, inspectors and unions.

This book provides some explanations for the causes of this reading failure, concluding that the best methods for teaching reading were not being used in many primary schools.

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Dr Bonnie Macmillan

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Institute of Economic Affairs

Date of publication:
March 1997

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This book provides effective evidence-based approaches to teaching reading at primary level, and will be useful to education professionals with responsibilities in that area. 


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