June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59802
I am taking an Australian perspective.
The easiest way I find current research articles is to read professional association journals. Your school should be members of these organisations and the journals available to you. They would definitely be in your local university library if you are near one or a member – most have discounted membership for alumni.
The internet alternative if looking for a particular topic is to use Google Scholar, or a database such as ERIC or Proquest – there are others. You could also go to professional organisation websites, as these generally have a research area and an area for papers presented at conferences- have a look at ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators’ Association), AASE (Australian Association of Special Education), The University of Sydney Division of Professional Learning, THRASS, ACER, Curriculum Corporation. These are ones that I have used. I am a member of a number of professional organisations, and therefore receive journals and attend some of the conferences when I can. Fantastic PD, and gives an insight into what is happening here and overseas. A good investment!
I often find that a google search will send me in many directions, depending upon the links I follow. Also, some of the articles are not free to view on the net. It is also good to check if an article has been peer reviewed.
Have a look at the National Curriculum site, as there should be some interesting reading there also – I haven’t been there for a while myself.
I hope that is of some help to you.
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59803
I read Sue’s piece on Phoneme Grapheme Relationships with great interest. The concluding comments encouraged teachers to continue their own professional development in the area of reading, a suggestion I strongly support. Does Sue have a ‘TOP 5-10 reading sites’ list that she could recommend to others who are seeking to access quality, up-to-date current research on this topic?
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59804
Great Sue. Your teaching is very closely aligned to the phases of the ‘letters and sounds’ program. A good program for those looking to mirror your style of teaching. IT WORKS!!
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