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On the hour: teachers' attitudes to the National Literacy Strategy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Maria MrozORCiD, Dr Fay SmithORCiD, Dr Frank Hardman


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The recent launch of the National Literacy Strategy has been met by a wave of enthusiastic commentaries, but there has been a notable lack of research evidence on teachers' thinking and classroom practice. In the absence of such information, the current study set out to gather information on teachers' thinking by means of a questionnaire with regard to the implementation of the strategy as a contribution to the debate. Eighty seven teachers currently teaching the literacy hour responded. While there was a great deal of support for the NLS, the major concern of the teachers was that the literacy hour should not be regarded as the whole of the English curriculum. Concerns were also raised about the level of prescription in the programmes of study, the timescale for the implementation of the strategy and the resource implications.

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Author(s): Mroz M, Smith F, Hardman F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Studies in Teaching and Learning

Year: 2000

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Pages: 8-18

ISSN (print): 1466-5778