This study was commissioned
to help the Teacher Training Agency and teachers in England to understand
more clearly how effective teachers help children to become literate. The
findings are based on close examination of the work of a sample of teachers
whose pupils make effective learning gains in literacy and of a sample
of teachers who were less effective in literacy teaching.
The aims of this research
1. identify the key
factors of what effective teachers know, understand and do which enables
them to put effective teaching of literacy into practice in the primary
2. identify the strategies
which would enable those factors to be more widely applied;
3. examine aspects
of continuing professional development which contribute to the development
of effective teachers of literacy;
4. examine what aspects
of their initial teacher training and induction contribute to developing
expertise in novice teachers of literacy.
The project was directed
by David Wray and Jane Medwell
For a summary of the
findings of this project click here.
full report of the project was published in book form. Publication details as follows:
Wray, D. & Medwell, J. (2001) Teaching Literacy Effectively: Contexts and Connections London: Routledge Falmer