Literacy research

There’s a wealth of research available about illiteracy and literacy. We’ve compiled some of that research to make it easy for you to learn more about this important topic.

2027 Human vs. Machine Learning - UK

2027 Human vs. Machine Learning - US

Research conducted by the University of Massachusetts and commissioned by Pearson explores comparisons of human and machine literacy, suggesting that we are close to reaching a point where the smartphones in our pockets will be better at reading and writing than 758 million people alive today.




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NLT's Literacy Score ranks England based on local levels of literacy

Mapping literacy need across England

National Literacy trust, working in partnership with Experian, has created a new literacy score to measure literacy vulnerability across England. This ranking measures the literacy need in every electoral ward and in each parliamentary constituency in England.




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Why more children lack access to books and how we can change that

Why more children lack access to books and how we can change that

A USAID-, Norad-, and DFID-funded study by Results for Development and International Education Partners cites lack of awareness of the value of reading books in supporting literacy, financing shortages, unpredictability and unsustainability; poor procurement and book management as some of the reasons for low book availability and usage of books.




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Emergent Literacy Practices in Early Years Settings in 2015: Third annual survey of practitioners

This report resents a snapshot of the attitudes and beliefs of 450 early years practitioners around emergent literacy in 2015, as well as the reported attitudes and emergent literacy behaviours of the children in their settings.




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"How digital technology can support early language and literacy outcomes in early years settings: A review of the literature"

"How digital technology can support early language and literacy outcomes in early years settings: A review of the literature"

A review of the current literature on how digital techonology can support early language and literacy outcomes.




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Effective early childhood and adolescent literacy strategies

Effective early childhood and adolescent literacy strategies

Whitepaper detailing out different literacy strategies for children and adolescents, transitioning from "learning to read" to "reading to learn". Looking at both regional and national initiatives. Marginally outdated as is only evaluating research and strategies up to 2012.




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Characteristics of Literacy Instruction That Support Reform in Content Area Classrooms

Characteristics of Literacy Instruction That Support Reform in Content Area Classrooms

Literacy educators can support content area instruction by considering reform movements in the disciplines and focusing on the literacy needed for disciplinary participation, rather than focusing on school literacy.




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Literacy Education and Disability Studies: Re-envisioning Struggling Students

Literacy Education and Disability Studies: Re-envisioning Struggling Students

In this commentary, the authors present disability studies in education (DSE) as an alternative way to reframe, understand, and teach students who are positioned as struggling in literacy classrooms.




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Learning at the bottom of the pyramid: Constraints, comparability and policy in developing countries

Learning at the bottom of the pyramid: Constraints, comparability and policy in developing countries

An analysis of the UN's development goals up until 2014 and makes suggestions on how it could meet them moving forward.




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Journal of Literacy Research

Journal of Literacy Research

The Journal of Literacy Research (JLR) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes research related to literacy, language, and literacy and language education from preschool through adulthood.




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The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation: Academics' Writing Practices in the Contemporary University Workplace

The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation: Academics' Writing Practices in the Contemporary University Workplace

Conducted by the University of Lancaster's Literacy research center. This study aims to understand contemporary writing practices by investigating how knowledge is produced, shaped and distributed through the writing practices of academics in a range of disciplines and at different career stages within the English HE system.




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Helping Children Achieve

Helping Children Achieve

Conducted by the University of Oxford's Families, Effective Learning and Literacy department. Helping Children Achieve is a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of parenting interventions designed to improve children’s conduct and literacy.




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