Phonics study hopes to end reading wars once and for all

Phonics study hopes to end reading wars once and for all

Featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC News and The Science Daily, Cognitive Science's Distinguished Professor Anne Castles weighs in on the battle between Phonics and Sight words when it comes to teaching reading. In a study it was found that: many educators were "biased" against phonics because they worried it led to children reading robotically, without comprehending what was on the page.

Yet phonics gave children the key to translating a printed word into its spoken form. Once they were exposed to words multiple times and began to recognise them, the focus could move to comprehension, the study found.

"What we want to say is stop the reading wars," said  Professor Anne Castles of Macquarie University."The reading wars are getting in the way of the science getting into the classroom. Rather than focus on phonics versus sight words, let's stop pitting them against each other."

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article here.

Read the ABC News article here.

Read the Science Daily article here.

Content owner: Department of Cognitive Science Last updated: 05 Jun 2019 8:58am

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