- Early literacy teaching and learning: innovative practice in four different
national contexts: A thematic network
aims of this Network were to:
Network linked the four existing projects which the four participants were
currently operating. These projects all concerned the teaching and learning
of literacy, and all operated through some sort of action research case
study, reflecting institutional and other cultural influences in the
countries concerned. The methodology adopted for the Network was observational
and interpretative, achieving its validity through the processes of triangulation
and the preservation of primary observational data in video form.
to the establishment in the EU of a shared knowledge
base on educational innovations in the area of early literacy teaching
and learning, including a focus on children from marginalised groups;
and enlarge the perspectives, understandings and sense of what is possible
in terms of early literacy teaching and learning, both of those involved
in the research and also, of other researchers, of teachers, of teacher
educators and of administrators in the various countries of the EC;
the quality of early primary education in literacy, particularly for children
from marginalised groups.
Perceptions and ideas were exchanged by means of:
projects linked by the Network had a number of features in common, some
of which only became fully apparent during the course of the Project. In
particular, they shared a basis of collaborative action research
in which the researchers worked with teachers to help them become more
reflective practitioners, and to draw on their perspectives and perceptions."
(Dombey, 1998, p. 3).
of key texts between the four partners;
of videos, sound tapes, transcripts and other observational data, plus
copies of children's writing and texts read by them;
by telephone, E-mail and fax;
yearly meetings, each of one week's duration, over a period of two years,
for the purposes of visiting classrooms, talking with teachers and the
collective examination and editing of video material, other observational
data and texts read and written by children, plus discussion of informing
ideas for a joint publication.