Issue 15, September 2023

The latest edition of Nomanis covers many aspects of literacy – from the benefits of oral storytelling, to a deep dive into phonemic proficiency, to the current evidence on reading comprehension, and a new study on the role of figurative language in our assessment of narrative writing, in articles from Trina Spencer and Chelsea Pierce, Nicola Bell, Jennifer Buckingham and Damon Thomas. Elsewhere in this edition, Anika Stobart and Jordana Hunter highlight the lack of evidence for open-plan classrooms, and Siobhan Merlo discusses why the Science of Maths Learning is important to our very survival. We hope you enjoy this edition – please share with your networks.

You can view a digital edition of Nomanis here, download a PDF of the full edition here, or read the individual articles below:

Editorial – Can AI save the reading world?: Kevin Wheldall

What we've been reading

What is the ‘Science of Reading?: Tim Shanahan

Are Tasmania’s ‘Reading Wars’ over?: Marshall Roberts

Reading comprehension: Making sense of the existing and emerging evidence: Jennifer Buckingham

An excerpt from … ‘A deep dive into phonemic proficiency’ (Bell, 2023): Nicola Bell

Figuring out figurative language in high-scoring narratives: Damon Thomas

Classroom-based oral storytelling: Reading, writing and social benefits: Trina Spencer and Chelsea Pierce

Open-plan classrooms are trendy but there is little evidence to show they help students learn:
Anika Stobart and Jordana Hunter

What has the Science of Maths Learning got to do with survival and what relevance does it have in education?: Siobhan Merlo

Are SEND children different?: Monique Nowers

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Position Statement: The myth of a ‘tracking’ disorder in children with reading difficulties

Book review – The Science of Reading: A handbook: Jennifer Buckingham

We hope you enjoy this edition.

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