Data collection for an 18-month study by Professor David Messer (The Open University) of Guided Phonetic Reading (GPR) as an intervention for struggling readers has just come to a close in six schools across London. The study used a randomized control trial experimental design to compare children given GPR support for their reading difficulties and children receiving the best form of support normally used in each school.
The data has yet to be published with detailed analysis, but all initial indications of benefit to the GPR group in the trial are very encouraging. Having been falling behind steadily before the start of the trial, 90% of the GPR Group progressed at a normal pace or better during the first 12 months of intervention, in comparison with just 20% of the control group.
“These are exciting early indications and suggest Guided Phonetic Reading could be a useful new innovation in the field, but there is a lot of work to be done still on the data”, said Professor Messer.
For more, see: http://www.easyreadsystem.com/info/openuniversitytrials.html