Who says you need to teach reading to 11-13-year-olds?

Faye Fiona Parkhill, Jo Florence Fletcher, Janinka Greenwood, Michael Grimley, Sue Bridges

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Research indicates that as students move through the school system, many begin to experience difficulties with reading. With this mind, this study explored current practices and perceptions about reading programmes for 11-13-year-old students in New Zealand schools. The study employed an online survey designed to investigate current reading literacy practices in a sample of New Zealand primary in years 7 and 8. Observations of practice and interviews with literacy leaders, teachers, principals and students were also carried out at five case study schools. The survey indicated that teachers may underestimate the importance of learner engagement and direct teaching strategies. The case studies exemplify the need for good professional development, supportive leadership, effective class management strategies, a positive and engaging learning environment, teachers with a passion for literacy and exemplary and sustained guided reading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-177
Number of pages18
JournalEducation 3-13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • 11-13-year-old students
  • effective
  • reading


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