Is Reading Recovery like Stone Soup?

Researchers from the Universities of Delaware and Pennsylvania have written a paper describing a large, multi-site, randomly controlled trial of Reading Recovery. The effect size is impressive: 0.69 when compared to a control group of eligible students. This is above Hattie’s effect size threshold of 0.40 and so suggests that we should pay attention. As a … Continue reading Is Reading Recovery like Stone Soup?

No, Reading Recovery doesn’t work in America

A couple of years ago, I reported on a large randomised controlled trial in the U.S. of Reading Recovery. I pointed out that, as with other studies of Reading Recovery, it was impossible to tell whether the instructional procedures used were responsible for any effect. Instead, any gains may have been due to the one-to-one … Continue reading No, Reading Recovery doesn’t work in America

60% of state schools in NSW are still using Reading Recovery

I asked New South Wales’ Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) for some data on the proportion of government schools that are still using Reading Recovery. I had seen a figure of around 60% in the press but wondered whether this was up-to-date, especially since a number of reports have recently been released. It … Continue reading 60% of state schools in NSW are still using Reading Recovery

New evidence suggests Reading Recovery doesn’t work

The New South Wales Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) has released a new study into the use of the ‘Reading Recovery’ intervention programme with Year 1 students. You may recall the publication earlier this year of a large-scale, randomised controlled trial of Reading Recovery which seemed to provide strong evidence in its favour. I criticised … Continue reading New evidence suggests Reading Recovery doesn’t work

The new learning styles

Learning styles are a curious phenomenon for those of us interested in the education debate. Learning styles theories suggest that each student has a preferred style of learning; taxonomies vary, but a popular one distinguished between visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. It implies that kinaesthetic students benefit from learning through physical activity whereas visual learners … Continue reading The new learning styles