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Original article published on TIMMS & PIRLSFifty countries from around the world participated in the PIRLS 2016 international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade, and in every country there was a wide range of reading achievement from basic skills to advanced comprehension. The Read more

Written by Catherine Wade, Principal Research Specialist, Parenting Research CentreMore than half of children under two and nearly half of children aged three to five are not being read to every day at home.The recently Read more

 by David KinnaneWithout Google or Wikipedia, can you name all the members of the Jackson 5?Everyone knows Michael. Most of us over the age of 35 know Jermaine. After a bit of effort, some of us will remember Tito and Marlon. But there’s another one: the member I almost always forget at trivia nights.*Much the same happens when it comes to naming the five, Read more

* by Jackie FrenchThe ‘magic book’ Read more

 Author Val BadhamReprinted with kind permission from SPELDNSWMost children start school already knowing that words are made up of different sounds, are aware of words that rhyme and can identify the beginning sound of a word. This is known as phonemic awareness.Educational research in the past twenty years has identified Read more

Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University and Saiyidi Mat Roni, Edith Cowan University. There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case.In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading Read more

 Lorraine Hammond, Edith Cowan University. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that all Australian six-year-olds will soon be required to do a phonics test.Researchers, parents and others concerned about our system’s failure to identify children who initially struggle to learn to read – and can go on to have a reading disability – have pushed Read more