Literacy Studies

Literacy Research

Learning to read written prose requires requires young readers to learn to use a complex symbolic system that permits them to understand the text in a range of ways. How can an educational provider such as a school system go about taking steps to improve the literacy learning of its students? This question is frequently seen as ‘too big and complex’. Some educational systems may not know where to start.

How do children learn to read? Few questions, when asked of teachers, parents or the
community at large are more likely to elicit debate (often heated). Even the validity of the question itself is sometimes doubted, in comments illustrated by reading is caught, not taught.
An understanding of the answer is necessary if one is to implement effective reading instruction and to assist those students who seem to have difficulty ‘catching it’.

Here are some areas of Literacy research: