An abstract of FELA paper on Irish Literacy. You can download the whole paper here
Interrogating literacy policy and achievement in Irish schools in the content of
The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy: A positive picture and some
possible ways forward Dr Brian Murphy, School of Education, University College Cork, Ireland.
This paper begins with a consideration of the power and impact of international literacy assessments
especially the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on education policy
worldwide. It reflects on and reassesses contemporary literacy policy developments for Irish schools
resulting from one average performance in literacy in the PISA international assessment in 2009. It
reappraises the resulting Irish National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2011-2020 and its impact on
literacy development in schools in the context of its recent interim review by the Irish Department of
Education and Skills (DES). It considers some of the successes, progress and possible issues generally
acknowledged in its period of implementation and compares and contrasts them with those actually
explicitly acknowledged by the DES in the Interim Review of the aforementioned Strategy. While there
are some areas of commonality, there are clear issues and priorities in respect of literacy not officially
acknowledged by the interim report, which the paper goes on to discuss and examine. It concludes
with a consideration of some key elements of literacy development, which should inform and support
national literacy policy and practice going forward. Such elements are put forward as desirable policy
priorities and developments for literacy policy in Irish schools going forward with a view to maximising
literacy learning outcomes on behalf of all teachers and students in Irish schools.
The International Literacy Association Award
for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe 2017
is presented to
for an original idea
Croatian prison reading program for parents and children
submitted by the Croatian Reading Association
2 July 2017 at the 20th European Literacy Conference in Madrid, Spain
Doug Fisher President International Literacy Association
Renate Valtin Chairperson International Development in Europe Committee
“It is an innovative, long-lasting project in a difficult field, developing literacy skills for children with special needs, and giving excellent examples of national networking. The project impressed due to its combination of methods, clear outcomes and focus on specific target groups. Children who are in contact with their parents-detainees (through literacy activities) are at a lower risk of developing undesirable behaviour, and they experience smaller stress of separation from the absent parent. By listening to their parents’ reading, the children can develop reading skills and thus succeed at school. The program also has a preventive role for a parent prisoner because the prisoner who managed to retain (or develop) a close relationship with his/her child during imprisonment shows a lower risk of repeating crime after release. The Prison Reading Program contributes to the rehabilitation of the whole family. Through the project the prison staff also get a chance to learn about the importance of literacy as a means of communication, and the staff can use this kind of knowledge in their work with many inmates”.
Literacy Association of Ireland
41st International Conference
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
October 5th-6th 2017
LAI invites proposals for papers, workshops and poster presentations for its 41st annual international conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Perspectives on Literacy: Bringing voices together.
The conference will explore research and practice across a wide range of topics relating to literacy across all educational sectors (early childhood, Primary, Post-Primary, tertiary and educational services).
Cuirtear fáilte faoi leith roimh pháipéir nó cheardlanna i nGaeilge.
DATE (for all presentations) 6th October 2017
KEYNOTE SPEAKER PJ Lynch. Children’s Laureate, Illustrator, Author
Proposals for papers or workshops (150-300 word abstract) should be submitted by June 12th, 2017, using the electronic form at www.literacyireland.com
Queries by e-mail to LiteracyIreland@gmail.com
Please watch our website for ongoing updates and follow us on Twitter @LiteracyIRL
De Literacy Association of Ireland is lid van het International Development in Europe Committee van de International Literacy Association en van de Federation of European Literacy Associations. Van beide professionele netwerken ben ik ook lid.
We are happy to inform that Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy is affiliated to IRA. Congratulations and best wishes to the association and thanks to all who were involved into the process.
Rūta Elijošaitytė and Rūta Kačkutė where the main engines. Global Affairs and Pehr Olof Rönnholm provided instrumental guidance. Special thanks to Amy Kuchner for constant and efficient support.
We are looking for a success of Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy in IRA and IDEC family.
We are looking for more groups in European countries following Lithuanian example in establishing and affiliation process.
Friends, MaRA is very much excited about our new web site: http://literacymk.wordpress.com
Among the other pages there is this one http://literacymk.wordpress.com/1st-national-literacy-conference/ It contains the presentations of almost all of the presenters, in Skopje 2010. I know I don’t have Hennrieta and Schlomo’s. I would be more than happy to also add these. Is it all right for you to have them here, on the IDEC web site?
Please let me know.
As a result of the meeting with princess Laurentien on Saturday 21st in Vienna, I have been invited to the New Years Meeting for partners and friends of the Stichting Lezen en Schrijven
And, even more important, I have made an appointment to discuss the ways RAIN and the Stichting could collaborate and so improve literacy.