Reading Recovery and Failure of the NZ National Literacy Strategy

  • 03:30 PM
  • Sydney University, Education Building
  • 02 9739 6277

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University of Sydney, SPELD NSW & LDA are presenting an afternoon seminar on:

Reading Recovery and Failure of the New Zealand National Literacy Strategy

When:  Wednesday 3 September 2014 from 4.00-6.00pm. Registration from 3.30pm

Where:  University of Sydney, Faculty of Education (Click here for map)

Registration: (GST Inclusive)

  • $80 – Non Members
  • SPELD NSW & LDA members – $65
  • Students – $50 (ID Required)



This presentation summarises arguments and evidence showing that New Zealand’s National Literacy Strategy has failed and the role of Reading Recovery in contributing to that failure. Data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Studies (2001, 2006, 2011) indicates that no progress has been made in reducing New Zealand’s relatively large inequities in literacy achievement outcomes.

An examination of annual monitoring reports of Reading Recovery data reveals the nationally implemented program has been of marginal benefit in general, and of virtually no benefit to those struggling readers who are most at risk of failing to learn to read. Factors contributing to the failure of New Zealand’s National Literacy Strategy and what can be done to overcome the problem are discussed.

Dr. William Tunmer – Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the Massey University Institute of Education, has over 100 publications including journal articles, book chapters, and books on early literacy development, literacy learning difficulties, and reading intervention. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journalsand in 2012 he completed a 5-year term as Associate Editor of Reading and Writing. He currently serves as scientific adviser to a 5-year (2010-2015), literacy research project at Harvard University.

Dr. James Chapman – Professor of Educational Psychology at the Massey University Institute of Education, where he served as Head of the Department of Learning and Teaching, and as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Dean) of the College of Education. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disability Quarterly, Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Development Differences, and the International Journal for Research in Learning Disabilities.

National Professional Standards for Teachers covered is: 1.2.2

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