This website is not primarily about research, so the information below is just what I consider key, relevant information. For lots more about literacy research, see the following:
- Language at the Speed of Sight by Prof Mark Seidenberg.
- Reading in the Brain by Dr Stanislas Dehaene. Watch him on video here and here.
- Articles by Dr Louisa Moats (many available free online – just search by title and author). Two excellent video lectures by Dr Moats are here and here.
- AUSPELD, and the websites of its state-based affiliates, or try the easy-to-read Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Parents website, or download a free version of the book here.
- Learning Difficulties Australia’s website
- Outside the Square
- Association for Direct Instruction
- LD Online, and in particular this article.
- Developmental Disorders of Language and Literacy Network – this is an invitation-only network for professionals interested in language and literacy difficulties, and eliminating the gap between what reading/spelling researchers know and what happens in classrooms.
- SpellTalk listserve: this is a professional discussion group about spelling based in the US, and a good source of information about current research.
How literate are Australians? Recent large-scale international studies suggest that far too many Australians are struggling with reading and spelling.
National inquiries into the teaching of reading have been held in Australia, the UK and the USA.
All the reports are online so you can read them yourself – click here for the links and what I regard as a few key excerpts.
Dyslexia is part of Specific Learning Disorder in the latest edition of the diagnostic manual used by medical and allied professions (DSM-5). In Australia and the UK there have been recent reports describing about the difficulties and needs of people with decoding problems. Click here for more information and the relevant links.
A useful literature review on literacy-teaching in Australia was published by ACER in 2002, called Closing the gap between research and practice – foundations for the acquisition of literacy.
Two key, long-term studies into literacy-teaching methodology in Scotland have been published in recent years and are worth highlighting – one conducted in Clackmannanshire and one in West Dunbartonshire. Click here for a brief overview and links to their reports.
Two of Australia’s most respected reading scientists wrote a paper in 2007 called Learning to Read in Australia, which remains very relevant.