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Guided reading for beginning readers: Do the guidelines work?

Ken Blaiklock

Guided reading is a key component of classroom literacy programmes in New Zealand. The Ministry of Education guidelines on how teachers should take guided reading sessions for emergent and early readers strongly emphasise the development of children’s understanding of the text. Ken Blaiklock questions the effectiveness of the guidelines, in relation to current research on the factors that most contribute to children’s rapid progress in the beginning stages of learning to read.

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