I’m currently involved in a number of research projects that look specifically at reading in the Foundation Phase in South Africa. In my view this is the cause of (and solution to) so many of the problems we see in our education system.
I thought it would be a good idea to get some of the SA reading researchers in the same room to talk about the work they’re currently doing and talk about the way forward. So we’ve organized a half-day workshop for the 28th of April (8:30am-2:30pm). It will be an informal seminar of researchers and should be relatively small (<40 people) to make sure we have time to interact.
Prof Elbie Henning at UJ has kindly offered to host the workshop at UJ (as an aside I am now a part-time research fellow at her SARChI Chair). See the programme below. There are a number of exciting presentations, perhaps most exciting is early feedback from Stephen Taylor et al’s RCT in the North West!
The good news is that we have additional space for 5 or 6 additional participants who would like to attend. So if you’re involved in reading research, teaching reading teachers or policy-making in the Foundation Phase and would like to come on the 28th please send me an email (nicholasspaull[at]gmail.com) with the title “Reading in FP Workshop.” Please also include a paragraph about who you are and why you’d like to attend.
|08:30 – 09:00||Morning tea and coffee|
|09:00 – 09:20||Nic Spaull, University of Johannesburg/OECD
Reading in the Foundation Phase – introduction, welcome and overview
|09:25 – 09:45||TBD|
|09:50 – 10:10||Deborah Mampuru, University of South Africa
Reflections on the development of the African language DBE Workbook series
|10:15 – 10:35||Elizabeth Pretorius, University of South Africa
Oral Reading Fluency and other components of ESL reading: What we know and what we still need to discover
|10:40 – 11:00||Stephen Taylor, Department of Basic Education
Preliminary results of a Randomized Control Trial assessing an early grade reading intervention in the North West
|11:00 – 11:20||
Tea and coffee break
|11:25 – 11:50||Elizabeth Henning, University of Johannesburg
Vision for the new NRF SARChI Chair in Integrated Studies of Learning Language, Mathematics and Science in the Primary School
|11:55 – 12:20
|Brahm Fleisch, Wits University
Reflections on large-scale interventions: Overview of ongoing interventions and discussion of the Triple Cocktail
|12:20 – 13:20
|Carol Nuga Deliwe, Department of Basic Education & Nic Spaull, University of Johannesburg/OECD
Facilitated discussion with everyone on prioritising reading in the DBE – moving from rhetoric to implementation
|13:30 – 14:30||