Monday, 29 September 2008

29. Teaching underlying skills - Edysgate

Given that testing finds out the underlying causes of the literacy problems, why not try to address those underlying difficulties before you try to improve literacy? That way you would have a more receptive brain to teach. Otherwise you are in danger of perpetuating failure, or at least not optimising learning. This project set about identifying seven key areas to improve, and then make a series of activities aimed at working with those areas. There is no claim that they will make a huge difference given the small number of activities (only 135 games), but at the very least they will highlight what could be done, and the areas that are important. It is hoped that future research will demonstrate what works in this area, and how to make it more effective.

This project recently won a major award in Austria for its innovative approach to learning.


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