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Murris, Karin; Ranchod, Vursha – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
The article begins with setting the South African educational context for a postgraduate early literacy research project in the foundation phase (ages 4-9). The research examines how philosophy with children (P4C) might be part of a solution to current problems in reading comprehension. The second author reports on her P4C action research with her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension
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Combrinck, Celeste; van Staden, Surette; Roux, Karen – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This study draws on the preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011 data. It aims to illustrate the effect of early home literacy activities and the early introduction of reading skills and strategies in the school setting on reading literacy achievement amongst South African Grade 4 learners across the 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Critical Reading, Reading Strategies
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Zimmerman, Lisa – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The evidence of the huge challenges of literacy development faced by South African learners is primarily gleaned from the results of learners' external assessments. There is little research which explores, in-depth, the strategies used by teachers to teach reading literacy and reading comprehension specifically. Questions remain about what is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Grade 4, International Assessment
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Janks, Hilary – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
Results on the PIRLS test in 2006 make it clear that South African educators need to examine the way in which they teach literacy in the Foundation phase. While the test gives a fair indication of what our children cannot do, it is less clear about what they can do. Mastery of decoding, for example, is assumed and children are tested on their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Results, Achievement Tests, Grade 4
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van Staden, Surette; Howie, Sarah – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assessment is an international comparative study of reading skills of Grade Four learners. South Africa's first participation in the study took place in the 2006 cycle (Mullis "et al.", 2007), with repeat participation planned to take place for PIRLS 2011. PIRLS 2006 results…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Reading Achievement