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​UKLA announces double winners of Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

UKLA is delighted to announce that they have two winners in 2017 for this award, which celebrates creative teaching inspired by quality texts: one for a class entry and for the first time, one for a whole school entry.

Notice of AGM 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

We look forward to welcoming members to the Association’s AGM which will be held at the UKLA 53rd International Conference 2017

2017 Academic Book Award Winner Announced!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

UKLA is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Academic Book Award

Review of ​the UKLA National Conference 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Amy Standen, a PGCE student from the University of Cambridge, gives her account of the recent UKLA National Conference all about Finding and Sharing Reading for Pleasure.

New Article on Synthetic Phonics and Baseline Assessment

Monday, April 03, 2017

​For many years UKLA member Margaret M. Clark has consistently challenged the evidence base for claims made by the UK government that synthetic phonics should be used as the method to teach all children how to read

Bidding opens for the National Literacy Trust On The Shelf auction

Monday, March 20, 2017

The On The Shelf auction offers the unique chance to name a character in a bestselling author’s future book. The auction features a host of brilliant authors who span children’s, young adult and adult fiction.

Shortlists Announced for the Unique Awards from Teachers

Monday, March 06, 2017

For the first time illustrated books in all three age categories. Past winner Philip Reeve shortlisted in two categories with Brian Selznick, Gill Lewis and Benji Davies each with potential second award. Debut authors challenge medal winning heavyweights in each category

Shortlist announced for the UKLA/Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UKLA is delighted to announce shortlists for the prestigious UKLA/ Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award 2017.

The Award is given annually for papers published in each of UKLA’s journals - Literacy and Journal of Research in Reading (JRR) - judged to be exemplary in terms of criteria applied in both journals. Literacy and JRR are peer-reviewed journals with international reputations for excellence. The panel chair is Professor Jackie Marsh.

UKLA congratulates all the shortlisted authors.

The winning authors will be announced at the UKLA International Conference in Glasgow 30 June to 2 July, and invited to present a joint seminar at the conference.

Shortlist Literacy 2017Access Literacy

  • Chris Bailey. Free the sheep: improvised song and performance in and around a minecraft community (Vol. 50, No. 2)
  • Stephanie Dix. Teaching writing: a multilayered participatory practice (Vol. 50, No. 1)
  • Christine Hall & Susan Jones. Making sense in the city: Dolly Parton, early reading and educational policy-making (Vol. 50, No. 1)
  • Anne Mangen & Adriaan van der Weel. The evolution of reading in the age of digitization: an integrative framework for reading research (Vol. 50, No. 3)
  • Sylvia Pantaleo. Teacher expectations and student literacy engagement and achievement (Vol. 50, No.2)
  • Shari Shabeti. Writing creatively in a museum: tracing lines through persons, art objects and texts (Vol. 50, No. 3)

Shortlist JRR 2017 - Access JRR

  • Marta Flores, David Duran. Influence of a catalan peer tutoring programme on reading comprehension and self-concept as a reader. (Vol 39, No.3)
  • Sarah P. McGeown, Cara Osborne, Amy Warhurst, Roger Norgate, Lynne G. Duncan. Understanding children's reading activities: Reading motivation, skill and child characteristics as predictors. (Vol 39, No.1)
  • Daryl F. Mellard, Kari L. Woods, Jae Hoon Lee. Literacy profiles of at-risk young adults enrolled in career and technical education. (Vol 39, No.1)
  • Ilona de Milliano, Amos van Gelderen and Peter Sleegers. Types and sequences of self-regulated reading of low-achieving adolescents in relation to reading task achievement (pages 229–252). (Vol 39, No.2)
  • Ellen Schaffner, Maik Philipp, Ulrich Schiefele. Reciprocal effects between intrinsic reading motivation and reading competence? A cross-lagged panel model for academic track and nonacademic track students. (Vol 39, No.1)

The Literacy shortlists were selected by Jill McClay and Clare Dowdall (editors), Gabrielle Cliff Hodges and Trinka Messenheimer; the JRR shortlists by Julia Caroll (editor) in consultation with JRR Associate Editors.

Notes for Editors

The Award is given annually for papers published in each of UKLA’s journals - Literacy and Journal of Research in Reading (JRR) - judged to be exemplary in terms of criteria applied in both journals.

Specifically, the award is given to a text which fulfils many of the following criteria.

  • Relevance to readership – taking account of an international readership
  • Accessibility to a knowledgeable readership
  • Original content which contributes significantly to existing knowledge or the development of new knowledge, policy or strategy
  • Clear theoretical position
  • Methodologically sound research processes /design appropriate to the theoretical standpoint
  • Sound level of critical analysis
  • Relevant and appropriate citation base

The Literacy shortlists were selected by Jill McClay and Clare Dowdall (editors), Gabrielle Cliff Hodges and Trinka Messenheimer; the JRR shortlists by Julia Caroll (editor) in consultation with JRR Associate Editors.

Final panel: Professor Jackie Marsh (Chair), Frances Bodger, Rosie Flewitt, Lynda Graham, Clare Kelly, Rebecca Parry, Wayne Tennent, Carole Torgerson.


UKLA announces the shortlist for the 2017 Academic Book Award

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The four books selected for the shortlist all make distinctive and very different contributions to the field. Their subjects include linguistics, multilingualism in the early years, reading development and teaching, and guiding reading and developing comprehension.

Call for papers for a Special Issue of Literacy

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reading for pleasure: supporting reader engagement

New sponsor and Roll of Honour 2017 announced for prestigious UKLA Literacy School of the Year Award

Monday, November 28, 2016

UKLA is delighted to welcome Nosy Crow, new sponsor of our prestigious award: the UKLA Literacy School of the Year. We are also pleased to announce the four schools who have been selected for the award's 2017 Roll of Honour.

New Books for Keeps resource: ‘The Best Medicine’ by Christine Hamill

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

In this popular series, the published Book for Keeps review of the challenging young adult novel The Best Medicine is combined with a summary of the key themes in the book, some teaching ideas, and connections to other stories that teachers may find useful.