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The effect of different teacher literacy training programmes on student’s word reading abilities in government primary schools in Northern Nigeria

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris Counihan, Dr Steve Humble MBEORCiD, Professor Pauline Dixon



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This study investigates the effectiveness of teacher literacy training programmes on children’s reading development in Nigeria. Children from government primary schools in Kano State (n = 5,449) were tested on word-level reading ability to determine which teacher training programme positively affects learning determined by test scores. The findings suggest teachers trained in phonics instruction have a positive and statistically significant effect on children’s word knowledge compared to no phonics training and instruction that is embedded within a broader curriculum. The effects are greater when teachers have completed two different programmes that use adaptive instruction and include elements of coaching and mentoring. A pupil whose teacher has had both training will score 6.062 (p<0.001) points higher in Primary One and 4.344 (p<0.01) points higher in Primary Two. English spoken in the home environment, being a boy and older in your year group have a significant positive effect on word reading score.

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Author(s): Counihan C, Humble S, Gittins L, Dixon P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Year: 2022

Volume: 33

Issue: 2

Pages: 198-217

Online publication date: 27/10/2021

Acceptance date: 06/10/2021

Date deposited: 28/10/2021

ISSN (print): 0924-3453

ISSN (electronic): 1744-5124

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09243453.2021.1991960


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