Massey University Early Literacy Research Project

Publication Details

The purpose of this longitudinal research project was to improve the literacy outcomes of new entrant children during, and beyond, their first year of school. Through a series of training workshops and associated materials, teachers were assisted to identify and respond to the specific literacy needs of children. The workshops provided teachers with the knowledge and skills to adopt explicit and systematic word-decoding teaching strategies in their literacy instruction. Effective word decoding skills are a necessary requirement for success in learning to read.

Author(s): James W. Chapman, Alison W. Arrow, Christine Braid, Keith T. Greaney, and William E. Tunmer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University.

Date Published: August 2019

Executive Summary

This research project involved a two-cohort longitudinal study. The main purpose was to improve the literacy outcomes of new entrant children during, and beyond, their first year of school.  Through a series of training workshops and associated materials, teachers were assisted to identify and respond to the specific literacy needs of children. The workshops provided teachers with the knowledge and skills to adopt explicit and systematic word-level decoding teaching strategies in their literacy instruction.

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