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Encouraging book talk in the school library free course icon Level

Education & Development

Encouraging book talk in the school library

As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books, but children are quite clear about what they like and don't like. It is possible to get children to discuss why they liked or did not like particular books and to encourage them to think more deeply about the books they've read. This free course, Encouraging book ...

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4 hrs
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Education & Development

Reading communities

What are the barriers and motivations for shared reading in families? What's the importance of building reciprocal and interactive reading communities? These videos explore

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30 mins
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Reading communities: why, what and how? article icon

Education & Development

Reading communities: why, what and how?

In this article, Professor Teresa Cremin considers the long term aim of developing readers for life and challenges us to consider effective strategies and practices to genuinely achieve this.

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Reading for pleasure: just window dressing? article icon

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Reading for pleasure: just window dressing?

In this article, Professor Teresa Cremin explores how talking about texts, their possible meanings and interpretations should be placed at the very heart of the reading curriculum

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Education & Development

Reading: re-asserting the potency of the personal

In this article, Professor Teresa Cremin considers how discovering children’s intrinsic motivation as readers can build reciprocal communities of readers.

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Teaching reading: what are our long term goals? article icon

Education & Development

Teaching reading: what are our long term goals?

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education at The Open University examinines teachers’ perceptions and practices, as well as children’s own experiences, of reading pedagogy.

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Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development

Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers

It is widely recognised that supporting children to become capable and engaged readers plays an important role in their future success. Reading empowers; it facilitates education and employment, and it enriches one’s personal life and growth. Learning to read is therefore a key goal of primary or elementary education, and high-quality literacy ...

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24 hrs
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How can digital books support children’s learning?

E-books and interactive apps can ensure that all children expand their reading range but they must be high quality. Professor Natalia Kucirkova explains more...

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Poetry Prescription

Feeling loving, adventurous or scared? Poetry Prescription will find you the perfect poem to reflect your mood. 

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History & The Arts

Read this before you fall for a personalised book

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the sales of personalised books go up, but are they as beneficial as other children's books? Professor Natalia Kucirkova explores...

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Children’s experiences with digital technologies

This free course, Children’s experiences with digital technologies, is an introduction to how children use digital technologies, such as mobile applications, digital games and computers, and what they learn from these experiences. The course draws on debates about screen time to critically examine and present evidence about the effects of ...

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8 hrs
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Education & Development

Writing from the heart

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education at The Open University explores whether we offer young writers enough opportunities for ‘writing from the heart’

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