Case Study – social intervention

How and to what extent can social intervention make a difference in boy’s reading motivation and skills at primary level? 1.    Introduction and Context 1.1      Context of the case study report This case study is a post-hoc and ongoing action research analysis of an apparently successful reading club for primary school boys in an international school in Singapore. After the first year of operation – … Continue reading Case Study – social intervention

In finding the middle way

I recently read a beautifully illustrated version of “The Emperor’s new Clothes” with my Grade 2 classes during their library period. I can’t but help feeling like that little boy all the time, first astonished and puzzled whether I’m the only one to notice that there are no clothes, then worried that my vision is inadequate to see, and then when I shout out “the … Continue reading In finding the middle way

Graphical lies and semi truths

I’ve been geeking out a little with some data in the last 24 hours, looking at the circulation stats of my blokes for the last 2 years plus the last month.  Glancing through the table leads to the conclusion that they are in fact borrowing more books – I know that doesn’t necessarily lead to more reading, but I also know that just having books … Continue reading Graphical lies and semi truths

Reading reluctance – factors

Writing a case study with 3,000 words of which 80% are limited by procedural bits and pieces is proving to be a little frustrating because I am learning SO MUCH.  So I thought I’d share some of it here, because heaven knows it could help someone somewhere somehow. Remember the whole thing about motivation? That there was extrinsic and intrinsic and the latter was way … Continue reading Reading reluctance – factors

Blokes with Books Club

This post is about a year overdue, but here goes. Early into my new job as a newly minted Teacher Librarian I started noticing the “lost boys”  of the library.  Those souls who would wander around and between the stacks with a dazed look on their faces. Or they’d be flicking through books without actually registering the contents. Or they’d just park themselves on a … Continue reading Blokes with Books Club

(Boys) Reading as a social activity

As I wander around my library during recess and lunchtime, before and after school, I realise more and more than reading is not the solitary quiet activity that it’s usually purported to be. I’ve taken to trying to capture this by photographing the communal reading that is going on – which takes me to an article that I’ve been reading that I think is quite … Continue reading (Boys) Reading as a social activity

Is Digital Scholarship limited by cultural myopia?

  Introduction The parameters of scholarship in education are often based on Boyer’s (1990) dimensions of discovery, integration, application and teaching. Healey further expands on the scholarship of teaching to include “research into teaching and learning, critical reflection of practice and communication and dissemination about the practice of one’s subject” (2000, p. 169).   Broadening the discussion to include the transformational aspects of “digital” technology, … Continue reading Is Digital Scholarship limited by cultural myopia?