A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case of Synthetic Phonics

Bloomsbury Publishing
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A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case of Synthetic Phonics examines how research into the effectiveness of teaching methods can and should relate to what takes place in the classroom. The discussion brings to light some important features of the way we classify teaching activities. The classifications are unlike those we use in natural science – for instance, how we classify drug dosages. This point has very important implications for what should be considered the appropriate relationships between educational research and classroom practice.

Andrew Davis applies the results of this discussion to the teaching of early reading, focussing in particular on the approach known as synthetic phonics. He provides a philosophical investigation into the nature of reading, and into the concepts that feature in approaches to teaching it, such as the idea of building words from letter sounds, the nature of words themselves and reading for meaning. He concludes with a discussion of why this matters so much, reflecting on how stories and books can be part of a child's emerging identity within the family. He explores how values of family life should be weighed against the importance of achievements in school, and argues for the claim that school reading policies of certain kinds may have a destructive impact if they are felt to trump the private interests of children and their families.
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Andrew Davis is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Education at Durham University, UK. He is an authority on assessment, philosophy and psychology of mathematical learning and primary mathematics. There has been widespread media coverage of his 2014 IMPACT pamphlet 'To Read or Not to Read: Decoding Synthetic Phonics'.
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Nov 16, 2017
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781474270694
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Education / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects
Juvenile Nonfiction / Readers / Intermediate
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