I took part in a Symposium today at the DSF conference in Perth. The Symposium was about discovery learning versus explicit teaching. Kathy Rastle presented some fascinating data from an experiment she had conducted with her colleagues. I spoke about explicit teaching more generally and Mandy Nayton placed it all in the context of students with learning difficulties. At the end, there was a little time for questions.
One member of the audience – and I paraphrase – wondered whether learning to read was so important that it should pretty much displace all other curriculum until the basics of decoding had been mastered and she asked for our views on this. Due to the constraints of time, I didn’t get a chance to respond. However, it is a fascinating question, worthy of a short blog post.
My answer would be a ‘probably no but it depends what you mean’. I…
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