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:
- Learning Difficulties Australia
- AUSPELD, and the websites of its state-based affiliates.
- Outside the Square
- Association for Direct Instruction
- LD Online, and in particular for a critique of current mainstream classroom practices, this article.
- Developmental Disorders of Language and Literacy Network – this is an invitation-only network for those interested in language and literacy difficulties. Worth joining for lots of interesting updates and discussions.
- SpellTalk listserve: this is a professional discussion group about spelling based in the US, which also contains a lot of interesting updates and discussion for those especially interested in spelling.
How literate are Australians? Two recent large-scale studies, one of children in grade four and one of adults, 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.
While dyslexia is not considered a distinct disorder in the latest edition of the diagnostic manual used by medical and allied professions (DSM-5), it’s still a widely used term, and in Australia and the UK there have been recent reports describing such difficulties and how to help people with them. 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.