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This project aims to ensure all students acquire the literacy skills necessary for academic and future success, including the motivation to read. It will evaluate the impact of its “Just Read” program K-12, where students engage in sustained silent reading (SSR) for pleasure, for 20 minutes a day. The research team measure vocabulary and reading comprehension development, and attitudes to reading. They completed the first round of data collection at the end of 2019.
The team has been encouraged by the initial implementation of the program itself at the beginning of 2020 for Years K – 11. They have captured feedback from staff through surveys and unprompted communications from parents. The disruption of remote learning added an unexpected challenge the research team had to navigate. They sustained the program through inclusion in remote learning timetables and consistent expectations from teachers. The project team continue to be motivated by the hope to empower learners through a lifelong love of literature.
The Queenwood School for Girls team is led by Gabrielle Mace, Head of Library and Information Services (2021) and previously by Kim Elith, former Director of Curriculum (2020). The team comprises staff working across the school and are supported by their academic mentor, Dr Margaret Merga from Edith Cowan University.
Each year member schools in NSW are invited to apply for funding and support to conduct a two year School Based Research Project. Successful projects are awarded in areas of education which ultimately impact student outcomes and make substantial contributions to new insights in and beyond individual schools. These Projects aim to build research capacity and cultures of research engagement in practicing teachers and/or school leaders in the independent sector.
For more information visit our School Based Research Application page or contact the team at The Evidence Institute.
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