Media Publicity in 2013

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: The article references the paper ‘Why Jaydon can’t read: The triumph of ideology over evidence in teaching reading’ published by Ms Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall as critical to understanding the issues surrounding the teaching of reading in Australian schools. “Grim Reading”, The Spectator Australia, 26th October 2013

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: This article points to a link between illiteracy and juvenile delinquency and discusses the recent article by Ms Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall. “Kids who read don’t light fires”, The Sunday Telegraph, also published by Herald Sun and news.com.au, 26th October 2013.

Jennifer Buckingham: Jennifer Buckingham wrote about the reasons behind many Australian children not having basic reading skills. “Bad teaching kills reading skills”, The Australian, 30th September 2013.

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: The article discusses the paper written by Professor Kevin Wheldall, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Ms Jennifer Buckingham on illiteracy and the recent poor performance of Australian students in reading in the PIRLS. “Literacy failings ‘due to ideology’”, The Australian, 30th September 2013.

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: This editorial discusses the paper written by Professor Kevin Wheldall, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Ms Jennifer Buckingham on the reading skills of Australian students. “After years of studies and fads, Jaydon still can’t read”, Editorial, The Australian, 1st October 2013.

Jennifer Buckingham: The article discusses an opinion piece in reply to Jennifer Buckingham’s article “Bad teaching kills reading skills” and provides arguments for the position taken in Jennifer Buckingham’s article. “Phonics proven path to literacy”, The Australian, 3rd October 2013.

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: A paper by Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall recently published in Policy Magazine, ‘Why Jaydon can’t read: The triumph of ideology over evidence in teaching reading’ enjoyed extensive coverage in the media. Media relating to the paper are listed below.

“Push to get kids reading”, Herald Sun, 29th September 2013.

“Literacy affected by poor teaching”, The Advertiser, 29th September 2013.

2SM, 30th September 2013.

6PR, 30th September 2013.

ABC 666 Canberra, 30th September 2013.

“The reading wars”, Life Matters, Radio National, 30th September 2013.

SBS Radio, 30th September 2013.

“Mornings with Jon Faine”, ABC 774 Melbourne, 30 September 2013. To download the audio file, click here.

ABC 720 Perth, 30th September 2013.

Fiveaa, 30th September 2013.

The Drive Program, 3AW, 30th September 2013.

“Why is the illiteracy rate among schoolchildren so high?” 3WA Blog, 30th September 2013.

“Literacy programs leaving a lot of kids behind”, Mornings on demand, ABC Hobart, 1st October 2013. 

“Foster love of reading”, Opinion letters, The Australian, 2nd October 2013.

The Project, Channel Ten, 2nd October 2013.

“My first ideology: teaching reading falls victim to the culture wars”, The Conversation, 2nd October 2013.

“My first ideology: teaching reading falls victim to the culture wars”, Brisbane Times, 3rd October 2013.

“Let’s right the reading issue”, Miranda Devine Blog, The Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2013.

MultiLit: MultiLit Reading Tutor Program has been named as one of only two literacy programs with evidence of its effectiveness in a recent review by the Australian Council for Educational Research. An article by Justine Ferrari summarises the results of the review. “No evidence reading and maths plans help”, The Australian, 22nd August 2013.

Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Meree Reynolds: An article condemning the effectiveness of Reading Recovery in improving reading outcomes for the poorest performing students draws on research conducted by members of the MultiLit Research Unit. Click here for more information about research conducted by the MRU. “Reading Recovery a dud that shouldn’t be used”, The Australian, 9th August 2013.

MultiLit: Wellington High School in NSW advocate MultiLit’s programs in this local news story. The school principal discussed both mathematics and literacy in the school. “Maths numbers balance out”, Wellington Times, 1st March 2013.

MultiLit: Alan Jones interviewed several users of MultiLit’s programs and discussed the focus of the programs in the context of the Gillard government’s announced reading blitz. “Literacy a priority”, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, 26th February 2013.

MultiLit: The audio from the Alan Jones Show about MultiLit and the Prime Minister’s reading blitz was played by Michael Bailey. “Michael in the Morning”, 4RO, 25th February 2013.

MultiLit: Alan Jones praises MultiLit’s programs and the Prime Minister for her reading blitz announcement. “Education, back to basics”, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, 25th February 2013.

MultiLit: This article discusses the PM’s announcement of a reading blitz and the inclusion of phonics and programs such as MultiLit. “Schools to conduct reading blitz”, The Daily Telegraph, 25th February 2013.

MultiLit: MultiLit’s programs are mentioned as one of the programs that may be used as part of the new reading blitz. “Julia Gillard’s $1 billion reading blitz”, The Australian and The Sunday Telegraph, 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: As part of the reading blitz announced by the Prime Minister, the states will be asked to deliver a reading program including the teaching of phonics. MultiLit’s programs may be used for this by some schools. “PM’s schools reform”, Sunday Mail Adelaide (SA), 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: MultiLit’s programs are mentioned as part of the focus on phonics in the reading blitz announced by Julia Gillard. “PM’s $1b reading blitz”, The Sunday Telegraph, 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a reading blitz is discussed with reference to MultiLit’s programs as part of a focus on the teaching of phonics. “Reading blitz in back-to-basics push”, Sunday Herald Sun, 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: This article discusses the implementation of MultiLit’s programs with the newly announced reading blitz by the Prime Minister. “Gillard spells out reading blitz plan”, Sunday Tasmanian, 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: MultiLit’s programs are named as possibly being part of the Prime Minister’s reading Blitz. “PM’s $1b reading blitz”, Sunday Times, 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: PM Julia Gillard asks schools to sign up to a back to basics reading skills program developed at Macquarie University (MultiLit) in exchange for additional funding. Weekend Sunrise, Channel 7 (Sydney), 24th February 2013.

MultiLit: PM Julia Gillard announced a reading blitz and Minister Peter Garrett mentioned MultiLit in the application of teaching of phonics as part of the back-to-basics reform. “Transcript of joint doorstop interview”, 24th February 2013.

Professor Kevin Wheldall: Professor Kevin Wheldall quoted in support of Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowen’s promise to focus on phonics-based methods for teaching literacy in primary schools if he is elected. “WA Labor pushes phonic reading program”, Financial Review, 5th February 2013.

MultiLit: MultiLit’s Reading Tutor Program has helped to improve the reading ability of young African refugees at the River Nile Learning Centre. “From Africa to Melbourne: The story of a very special school”, The University of Melbourne Voice, 14th January 2013.