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'Interactive' whole class teaching in the primary National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies in England

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


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Since the late 1990s, two national policy-led initiatives to raise standards of numeracy and literacy in English primary schools have been launched by the government: namely the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) and National Numeracy Strategy (NNS). A major thrust of the strategies has been 'whole class interactive teaching' designed to promote higher levels of interaction and cognitive engagement by pupils. The paper will report on a national study, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), into the impact of the official endorsement of interactive whole class teaching in the NLS and NNS on teachers' thinking and classroom practice.

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Author(s): Smith F; Hardman F

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: American Educational Research Association

Year of Conference: 2003