Research on Reading
This is a list of recommended websites and other resources providing quality information about reading research and how to translate these scientific insights into better outcomes for students learning to read and spell.
This 'must-read' report from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) should be read by anybody interested in teaching children to read. It outlines the large body of research evidence on learning to read from the 1960s to 2015. The document explains how having effective, evidence-based reading instruction can substantially improve literacy levels for children learning to read.
Five From Five is an initiative of the Centre for Independent Studies that aims to improve literacy levels by ensuring all children receive effective, evidence based reading instruction.
This is a 'must read' article for anyone interested in teaching children to read. The authors, Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall and Robyn Beaman-Wheldall, argue that the unacceptable rate of illiteracy in Australian children is due to teachers and government following "ideological" theories rather than implementing evidence-based teaching programs.
This excellent website is a great resource for learning about reading research. It discusses the importance of reading and the challenges involved in breaking the code of written language. It includes over one hundred interviews with leading neuroscientists, psychologists, reading researchers, educators, historians, economists, technologists and policy leaders on the subject of literacy and how to best teach it.
Reading Rockets offers information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how adults can help. The Reading Rockets project is guided by an advisory panel of leading researchers in the field of reading.
From the website, "The Reading Reform Foundation is a non-profit-making organisation. It was founded by educators and researchers who were concerned about the high functional illiteracy rates among children and adults in the United Kingdom and in the English-speaking world. On the basis of a wealth of scientific evidence, members of the Reading Reform Foundation are convinced that most reading failure is caused by faulty instructional methods. A particular fault of these methods is that they under-emphasise the need for children to be taught the alphabetic code: the way in which individual speech-sounds (phonemes) are represented by letters and combinations of letters."