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by palisadesk
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poor pupils 'two years behind wealthier classmates at 15'
Replies: 18
Views: 7667

Re: Poor pupils 'two years behind wealthier classmates at 15'

Is it really 'poverty' or levels of family articulation. There is undoubtedly a strong correlation between vocabulary development and both quantity and quality of discourse in the home (Hart and Risley’s work is the most frequently alluded to in this regard). But the relationship between cognitive ...
by palisadesk
Fri May 25, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Core Knowledge Pilot Shows Clear Success with Curriculum
Replies: 4
Views: 3143

Re: Core Knowledge Pilot Shows Clear Success with Curriculum

Robert Pondiscio has another interesting post up here: http://blog.coreknowledge.org/2012/05/15/were-where-we-need-to-be-right-now/ about the Core Knowledge reading program (RRF friend Matthew Davis was one of its developers) and how it contrasts with typical "Balanced Literacy" and that distinctly...
by palisadesk
Thu May 24, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Intervention
Replies: 5
Views: 2739

Re: Early Intervention

Here's a report on an intervention initiative that has spread gradually, starting in very low-SES areas in downtown Toronto about 30 years ago. Funding is through some partnership between the school district (the provincial government is involved) and community service agencies. The Parenting and F...
by palisadesk
Sun May 20, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet

I don’t think I ever posted a link to that research, Geraldine – I don’t think it’s available online anywhere. It comes from some of Engelmann’s work in the 60’s and 70’s. I have a hard copy of at least one of the articles he published about it, but it doesn’t contain the 11 000 repetitions figure,...
by palisadesk
Sat May 19, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet

Is there any evidence as some people say there is, that a very small percentage need to start off with "whole words" and then get blending later maybe. It doesn't make sense to me, but is there any evidence of that for a tiny minority? Volunteer, I'm not familiar with any serious research suggestin...
by palisadesk
Sat May 19, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet

I'm not sure that we've got to the bottom of the less than 1% who can't blend. Is it a fairly new phenomenon as Susan S would indicate? Geraldine, I did not mean to imply that the students such as ones I’ve worked with recently were a “new” phenomenon. They are new to ME, but I doubt that they are ...
by palisadesk
Sun May 13, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: China: The world's cleverest country?
Replies: 26
Views: 11049

Re: China: The world's cleverest country?

I suggest anyone interested in the topic actually read Coleman’s original works, and the expansions on Coleman’s data done by researchers Geoffrey Borman and Adam Gamoran at the University of Wisconsin in the last few years. You can’t take at face value the statements made about Coleman’s research....
by palisadesk
Sun May 13, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: China: The world's cleverest country?
Replies: 26
Views: 11049

Re: China: The world's cleverest country?

The Coleman report ( 1966 ) makes it very clear that high density poverty defeats even good educational programmes. Actually, no. The Coleman report does not deal in any way with "good educational programmes" or, indeed, any educational programmes, good, bad or indifferent. It was strictly an analy...
by palisadesk
Wed May 09, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Burt Reading Test
Replies: 21
Views: 8754

Re: Burt Reading Test

Naturally, I don’t know what the rationale given in Jenny’s example was, but I have also heard it explained that for instructional purposes, especially when monitoring progress of individuals or cohorts of students, standard scores were a better metric to use than our equivalent of “reading age” (g...
by palisadesk
Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet

. Susan S. seems to be saying, though, that there are some children who don't 'get' blending however long one persists with them. Yes. Considering that I’ve taught close to 1000 kids to read by now, I can confirm that the number who simply can’t learn to blend is relatively small – but they do exis...
by palisadesk
Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: SENCo forum: Why the SP initiative isn't working yet

Just to further muddy the waters, I've had a number of students over the years who could segment words (some with auditory input only, others with text in front of them, some either way) readily and accurately, long before they could blend at all -- and in some cases, these good segmenters didn't e...
by palisadesk
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading without understanding - in baboons
Replies: 13
Views: 5801

Re: Reading without understanding - in baboons

Is the result of their sounding out a reasonable representation of the word or not? Is blending the problem? These are two different problems. Some children are accurate decoders -- they produce not just a "reasonable representation" of the word, but an indubitably correct rendition of the word -- ...
by palisadesk
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading without understanding - in baboons
Replies: 13
Views: 5801

Re: Reading without understanding - in baboons

If they can blend, they must be able to recognise letters, so in addition to failing to recognise a multi-letter pattern, they must also be failing to find the sounds in their spoken vocabulary. No, that doesn't necessarily follow. With most early-stage readers, the words (and sounds!!) are certain...
by palisadesk
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test
Replies: 42
Views: 16981

Re: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test

According to Keith Stanovitch dual – route models are much too simplistic to describe the full complexity of the reading process. The Connectionist models of Seidenberg ( 1999 ) and others which support a phonological model of reading provide a much deeper understanding of this complexity ( page 21...
by palisadesk
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lexia
Replies: 2
Views: 3633

Re: Lexia

It's Orton-Gillingham based. I have a demo CD that I picked up at a conference this summer -- I haven't looked at it yet however. Some people I respect have recommended it, but I don't know the details. I believe it does go into the six syllable types and other O-G specifics.

Susan S.