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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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Livingston, Candice; Klopper, Betsie; Cox, Sanet; Uys, Corrie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Research regarding the academic reading load experienced by first year students at universities in South Africa indicated that students are woefully under-prepared to deal with this load as they have limited reading experiences and strategies. This led to the implementation of an academic reading programme at a university of technology. In order…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction
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Fola-Adebayo, Titi J. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This study investigated the influence of Pre-question and genre-based instructional strategies on science undergraduates' achievement in, and attitude to, reading. Using purposive sampling, two specialised universities in Nigeria were selected and stratified sampling was employed in assigning students to research groups based on gender and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Pretests Posttests, Randomized Controlled Trials
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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
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Currin, Sally; Pretorius, Elizabeth J. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
This article reports on a reading intervention project undertaken in a high poverty primary school in Gauteng where reading levels in both the home language, Northern Sotho, and in English were very low. Some of the factors associated with school effectiveness (SE) are first examined and thereafter the nature of the reading intervention programme…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Elementary School Students, Poverty, African Languages