Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teaching Reading Is Up to All; USC 'Proud' of Approach

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teaching Reading Is Up to All; USC 'Proud' of Approach

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Byline: Nicky Moffat Nicky.Moffat@scnews.com.au

A SUNSHINE Coast academic has tempered claims that tertiary educators are not preparing students well enough to teach reading.

A study by Macquarie University's MultiLit program and the Centre for Independent Studies' Five from Five project was reported by the Weekend Australian as showing up a lack of adherence to evidence-based practice regarding how best to teach children to read.

The article pointed to findings that "widely recognised essential elements of effective, evidence-based instruction known as the Big Five: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension" were covered in just six per cent of 116 literacy units investigated.

University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer in education, Dr Carol Smith, was at the conference where the paper was presented last week.

"I'm well aware of what some of that research is about," Dr Smith said.

"But I'm also extremely happy and I felt very confident that what we are doing at USC is setting our students up for success, when it comes to preparing them to teach young children how to read.

"There has always been what we call The Literacy Wars, and that's about 'should children be given a diet that is just phonics, or should it be phonics and whole language', and so on and so forth. …

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