In this edition of Nomanis, we focus on phonics, prompted by recent calls for the introduction of a phonics screening check in Australia. Other articles include a discussion of how boosting a child's spoken word bank can lead to better reading; find out how well-prepared pre-service teachers are to teach early reading; dispel some of the myths about brain training; and sit down for a Q&A with Max Coltheart.
Editorial – Is changing your mind like changing your underwear?: Kevin Wheldall
How boosting your child's spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read: Signy Wegener and Anne Castles
Explainer – what is phonics and why is it important?: Hua-Chen Wang
Are sight words unjustly slighted?: Anne Castles
Q&A with Max Coltheart: Kevin Wheldall
How well-prepared are pre-service teachers to teach early reading?: Alison Madelaine
What is brain training and does it work? Ray Newins
Why Australia should trial the new phonics screening check: Pamela Snow, Anne Castles, Kevin Wheldall and Max Coltheart
Illusory phonics: Balanced magic?: Kerry Hempenstall
Book review: Jennifer Stephenson
We hope you enjoy this edition.