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[xmca] RE: Lexia

Larry  -  i've been in elementary education now for 40 years - and deeply focused on literacy for 30 years.

the effectiveness of computer based reading programs is not that strong - and certainly not when dealing with cultural/second language issues.

i'd suggest checking out the work of Marie Clay - as well as reciprocal reading strategies - Palinscar and Brown - 

because, the effectiveness of teaching reading to all children relies on the strength of direct, immediate, pertinent feedback which is focused on reading strategies the student is or is not employing ( visual, meaning, or syntax ).  and background knowledge that the students has - remember, all reading comprehension is domain based.

in short, it takes a teacher working within that student's zpd (not unlike what Bruner describes mother's doing in that last attached article a couple of days back - even though the notion of a LAD has been discarded - Bruner is correct in noting the critical importance of context and systems of relationships which support the practices within the zoped).


Phillip White, PhD
University of Colorado Denver
School of Education
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky [smago@uga.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:39 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [xmca] Lexia

Larry, this is all that came up in Google. Google Scholar turned up nothing except articles about dyslexia. FCCR is operated out of Florida State University so appears credible, but someone more knowledgeable than I would have to chime in to confirm that.

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From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Larry Purss
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:46 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] Bruner on Vygotsky

Hi Bill

I appreciate you engaging with this topic. I would like to encourage you to go into some depth, bringing in Bruner's insights distinguishing Piagetian and Vygotskian approaches. The Vancouver school district is searching for effective ways to support first nations students

Also, if anyone has any information, articles, or musings on a particular computer reading program [from LEXIA].  It would help.me to reflect on and consider  the consequences of Vancouver buying a site licence for Lexia to distribute in Vancouver schools who want to participate


On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 1:53 AM, Bill Kerr <billkerr@gmail.com> wrote:

> Ch 5 "The Inspiration of Vygotsky" In "Actual Minds, Possible Worlds"
> http://wisdomandwit.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/zpd_bruner.pdf
> I was told to read this for HW in an accelerated literacy course I
> recently attended. Accelerated Literacy is one of the methods used in
> teaching indigenous Australians and low socio-economic students. See
> http://www.nalp.cdu.edu.au/index.html for a bit more detail.  There
> are two other methodologies I am aware of used in Australia. One is
> called MULTILIT (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy) and the other is Zig
> Engelmann's Direct Instruction, used by Noel Pearson's group in Cape
> York.
> To understand Bruner's point properly I had to read pp. 72-77
> carefully where he elaborates on the contradiction b/w children having
> to learn for themselves (a sort of Piagetian view) and the adult
> really teaching them across the ZPD rather than just broadcasting knowledge at them.
> After my 2 days training in AL (another 2 days due later in February)
> I think they have worked out how to do that in an "honest" way. ie.
> the nitty gritty of raising the literacy level which involves a
> detailed analysis of the text of good writers. They selected writers,
> text, various processes gone through, then shortish passages from
> those texts and then did the analysis of them in such a way that real skills were being transferred.
> This is very truncated. I can go into a bit more detail if requested.
> Altogether I found it an inspirational coming together of theory and
> practice. My background is in maths / science / IT teaching (and
> secondary) so I hadn't really gone into the literacy side in this depth before.
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